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Braithwaite was born in Boston on December 6, 1878. The son of Emma DeWolfe and James Smith Braithwaite, William enjoyed a prosperous and cultured upbringing; following the death of his father, however, he was forced to abandon his education at the age of 12 to help support his family. , in Boston, where he developing a passion for 19th-century romantic poetry, particularly the works of John Keats and William Blake. Inspired by the lyricism of the romantics, Braithwaite began writing his own poems.

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.

Having remained in Europe following the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, whereby escaped slaves living in the North could be captured and returned to their masters, Brown returned to the United States in 1854 after friends purchased his freedom. In 1855 he published a second memoir, The American Fugitive in Europe, and a historical study, St. Domingo: Its Revolution and Its Patriots, before achieving another literary first for an African American with the publication of his play The Escape, or a Leap for Freedom in 1858.

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