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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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Leslie
Oct 13, 2015 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plays with convention quite cleverly. A real hoot.
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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.
Stephanie
Feb 05, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had to read it for class. Not exactly sure how easy it would be to stage, but it was an intriguing piece!
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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 ...more
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