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The Escape: A Leaf For Freedom
A well-known nineteenth-century abolitionist and former slave, William Wells Brown was a prolific writer and lecturer who captivated audiences with readings of his drama The Escape; or, a Leap for Freedom (1858). The first published play by an African American writer, The Escape explored the complexities of American culture at a time when tensions between North and South w ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published March 21st 2001 by Univ Tennessee Press
(first published January 1st 2000)
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It was a good play. It is a melodrama for sure. I didn't like Cato. I didn't feel as if he was a comic character. I guess he is, but his behaviour made me dislike him. He didn't make me laugh. I liked Glen and Melinda. I am interested in the genre of African-Americans' slavery, so I didn't mind reading the play. It actually made me feel sad.
William Wells Brown was a prominent African-American abolitionist lecturer, novelist, playwright, and historian. Born into slavery in the Southern United States, Brown escaped to the North in 1834, where he worked for abolitionist causes and was a prolific writer. His novel Clotel (1853) is considered the first novel written by an African American; it was published in London, where he was living a ...moreMore about William Wells Brown...