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New York: W. W. Norton, 1997. Bullins, Ed (Edward Bullins, Kingsley B. ) (1935– ) playwright, essayist, novelist A powerful voice in contemporary AfricanAmerican theater, Ed Bullins gained critical attention during the 1960s as a visible and outspoken member of the Black Arts Movement. Concerned specifically with the creation of plays for a black audience, Bullins earned wide critical acclaim from white reviewers and audiences in the 1970s, during which he won three Obie Awards for distinguished playwriting and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations.
Brown married Helen Jones, a telephone operator, in 1961, and he finished his autobiogra- Brown, Sterling 31 phy two years later. Manchild in the Promised Land was published in 1965, and the book was an instant critical success. Brown’s honesty in relating the details of his early life in Harlem, and his astute social commentary on urban problems facing African-American families throughout America, struck a chord with readers. Following this early success as a writer, he published several essays in such periodicals as Esquire, the New York Times Magazine, and Life.
Claude Brown died of lung cancer on February 2, 2002, in New York City. , Frances Smith Foster, and Trudier Harris, eds. The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. Brown, Claude. Manchild in the Promised Land. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1999. Horowitz, Irving Louis. ” Chronicle of Higher Education 48 (April 12, 2002): B5. C. Brown was committed, in his teaching and writing, to the celebration of folk traditions and to counteracting the misconceptions and stereotypes associated with African Americans in mainstream white literature and society.