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About this book
BETSEY BROWN is an ambitious work. Its intention is to weave the
stories of several people of the same family together around a time
and place crucial in shaping their ideas and destinies.
The novel unfolds through the growing pains of Betsey Brown (aged
13 3/4), the eldest female child in a brood belonging to Jane and
Greer and living in a big old house in St Louis, USA. More...
(© The Mick Sinclair Archive; )
About the author
Ntozake Shange was born Paulette Williams in Trenton, New
Jersey on October 18, 1948. In 1971 she changed her name to Ntozake
Shange which means "she who comes with her own things"
and "she who walks like a lion" in Xhosa, the Zulu language.
Her father was an Air Force surgeon and her mother was an educator
and a psychiatric social worker. The Williams were upper middle
class African Americans whose love of the arts contributed to an
intellectually stimulating childhood for Shange and her three siblings.
(© Broadway Theatre Archive; )
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