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This third memoir included further details of his life as a slave and observations of southern life during Reconstruction. William Wells Brown died at his home, outside Boston, Massachusetts, on November 6, 1884. A relentless advocate of abolition, William Wells Brown maintained a busy lecture schedule for more than 40 years. His literary achievements brought him international recognition, and his Narrative of William W. Brown was second in pop- Bullins, Ed 35 ularity only to his contemporary FREDERICK DOUGLASS’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845).

Shortly after being diagnosed with cancer, Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks died on December 3, 2000, in Chicago, Illinois. During a writing career that included several landmark achievements, Gwendolyn Brooks 30 Brown, Claude became the first African-American recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and the first to serve as a poetry consultant to the Library of Congress. Her other literary honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Academy of Poets, and a Lifetime Achievement award from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1989.

He was sentenced to a second trip to reform school, this time in the more hardened Warwick School for Boys, where he served three terms. Upon his release in 1953, Brown returned briefly to theft and drug dealing before deciding to leave the streets and finish high school at night. He moved to Greenwich Village at 17 and worked several odd jobs, including playing jazz, to pay his way. , and worked part-time as a postal clerk. He also began submitting short stories and essays to the intellectual and nonpaying journals Dissent and Commentary.

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