Hilton Als

William Wells Brown (ca. 1814-1884) was an abolitionist and social reformer best remembered as the United States' first black novelist and playwright, as well as one of the earliest African-American historians. After escaping from slavery on New Year's Day in 1834, he went on to publish a bestselling memoir, a collection of antislavery songs, the novel Clotel, and many other highly regarded works.

Hilton Als is a staff writer for The New Yorker. His work also appears in The New York Review of Books. He is the author of The Women and White Girls. He lives in New York.