William Wells Brown

William Wells Brown (18141884) was born a slave, escaped to the North and then to England, and became one of the most prominent abolitionists of his time. During his prolific literary career, Brown was a pioneer in several different genres, including travel writing, fiction, and drama. M. Giulia Fabi is the author of "Passing and the Rise of the African American Novel," She teaches American literature at the University of Ferrara, Italy.