Sterling A(llen) Brown 1901–
Black American poet, essayist, and critic.
Brown is an important figure of the Black Renaissance. His poetic reputation rests largely on two collections, Southern Road and The Collected Poems of Sterling A. Brown, published in 1932 and 1980, respectively. For his themes and style, Brown draws upon the black folk tradition: he weaves elements of ballads, folk songs, spirituals, work songs, and the blues into narrative poems which relate the black man's struggle to endure with humor and grace. A member of the English faculty at Howard University since 1929, Brown has played a significant role in black literary criticism as a teacher, editor, and reviewer.
(See also CLC, Vol. 1 and Contemporary Authors, Vols. 85-88.)