Friday, December 28, 2007
BRAWLEY, BENJAMIN A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Benjamin Brawley (1882-1939) was a poet and a writer of fiction. His major claim to fame, however, was the contribution he made to literary and social history. Among Brawley's most significant books were A Short History of English Drama (1921); A New Survey of English Literature (1925); The Negro Genius (1937); and Negro Builders and Heroes (1937). Educated at Morehouse College, the University of Chicago and Harvard, Brawley later taught at a number of colleges, including both Morehouse and Howard University.