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(May 1, 1901-January 13, 1989) Born Sterling Allen Brown in Washington, D.C. Educated at Williams College and at Harvard (M.A., 1923). During the 1920s taught at Virginia Seminary and College, Fisk University, and Lincoln University; joined faculty of Howard University in 1929, remaining until 1969. Also served as visiting professor at Vassar, University of Minnesota, and University of Illinois; worked as Negro Affairs editor for Federal Writers' Project, 1936-39, and on staff of Carnegie Corporation study of Negro in America, headed by Gunnar Myrdal and published as An American Dilemma (1944). Author of The Negro in American Fiction (1937), Negro Poetry and Drama (1937), A Son's Return: Selected Essays of Sterling A. Brown (1996), and three books of poetry: Southern Road (1932), The Last Ride of Wild Bill and Eleven Narrative Poems (1975), and The Collected Poems of Sterling A. Brown (1980). Edited influential anthology The Negro Caravan (1941). Died in Takoma Park, Maryland.

Also see the Manuscript Division of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University which houses an archive of the papers of Sterling A. Brown.