Manchild in the Promised Land

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Manchild in the Promised Land
First edition cover
Author Claude Brown
Country United States
Language English
Genre Autobiographical novel
Publisher Macmillan & Co
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 415

Manchild in the Promised Land is a 1965 autobiographical novel written by Claude Brown. It chronicles the author's coming-of-age story amidst poverty and violence in Harlem during the 1940s and 1950s. Published at the height of the civil rights movement, the book reached far beyond the traditional literary world, drawing new attention to the lives of those living in urban environments. It has sold more than 4 million copies and has been translated into 14 languages.

The book has appeared on banned book lists for offensive language and violence but is celebrated by critics for its realism.

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