Manchild In The Promised Land by Claude Brown
Claude Brown, whose 1965 book, “Manchild in the Promised Land,” chronicled his ascent from a harrowing childhood of violent crime and poverty in Harlem and became a classic of American literature, died on Feb. 2 in Manhattan. He was 64.
“Manchild in the Promised Land” quickly became a best seller, opening up a new world to mainstream audiences with its raw narrative of a boyhood spent among killers, drug addicts and prostitutes. Though not published as a memoir, it closely paralleled Mr. Brown’s life in virtually every detail.