William Wells Brown: A Literary Genius
William Wells Brown distinguished himself as the first African American novelist. As a prolific writer, playwright, and historian, he pioneered several literary styles such as travel writing, fiction, and drama. A passionate abolitionist, he was instrumental in helping to reform the institution of slavery in America. Being born into slavery in the Southern United States and escaping from this brutality 20 years later, gave him the impetus and insight to assist others to escape their bondage in like manner.