Manchild in the Promised Land

Claude Brown

With greater than two million copies in print, Manchild within the Promised Land is without doubt one of the most exceptional autobiographies of our time—the definitive account of African-American youth in Harlem of the 1940s and 1950s, and a seminal work of recent literature.

Printed throughout a literary period marked by the ascendance of black writers equivalent to Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Alex Haley, this thinly fictionalized account of Claude Brown’s childhood as a hardened, streetwise prison attempting to outlive the hardest streets of Harlem has been heralded because the definitive account of on a regular basis life for the primary era of African People raised within the Northern ghettos of the 1940s and 1950s.

When the e book was first printed in 1965, it was praised for its practical portrayal of Harlem—the youngsters, younger individuals, hardworking dad and mom; the hustlers, drug sellers, prostitutes, and numbers runners; the police; the violence, intercourse, and humor.

The e book continues to resonate generations later, not solely due to its fierce and dignified anger, not solely as a result of the struggles of city youth are as deeply felt at the moment as they have been in Brown’s time, but in addition due to its inspiring message. Now with an introduction by Nathan McCall, right here is the story concerning the one who “made it,” the boy who stored touchdown on his ft and grew as much as turn out to be a person.