Rosellen Brown

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Rosellen Brown

Rosellen Brown (born May 12, 1939) is an American author, and has been an instructor of English and creative writing at several universities, including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Houston. She has won several grants and awards for her work. The 1996 film Before and After was adapted from her novel of the same name.[1]

Early life[edit]

Brown was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Barnard College in 1960 and Brandeis University.


  • Some Deaths in the Delta and Other Poems, 1970
  • Whole World Catalog, Teachers and Writers Collaborative, 1972 (co-editor)
  • Street Games (stories), 1974; 1991
  • The Autobiography of My Mother (novel), 1976
  • Cora Fry (poems), 1977
  • Cora Fry's Pillow Book (poems),1994
  • Tender Mercies (novel), 1978
  • The Secret Garden (play adaptation of the novel), 1983
  • Civil Wars (novel), 1984
  • Before and After, 1992
  • A Rosellen Brown Reader: Selected Poetry and Prose, 1992
  • Inter-Office (short story), 1994
  • Cora Fry's Pillow Book (poetry), 1994
  • Half a Heart (novel), 2000

TV adaptation[edit]

Half A Heart: Based on Rosellen Brown's book of the same name which traces the lives of several people who participated in the civil rights movement and continue to live in its shadow.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Libman, Norma (January 28, 1996). "Writing Willpower Rosellen Brown's Novels Focus on Relations with Family". Chicago Tribune. pp. 8 (WomanNews). Retrieved 17 May 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • Annotation of Tender Mercies at the NYU Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database with link to text and audio of author's commentary and reading.