”Manchild in the Promised Land (1965) is an autobiographical novel written by Claude Brown. It tells about the author’s coming of age amidst poverty and violence in Harlem during the 1940s and 1950s. Published at the height of the civil rights movement, the book reached far beyond the traditional literary world, drawing new attention to the lives of those living in urban environments. It has sold more than 4 million copies and has been translated into 14 languages.
The book has frequently appeared on banned book lists for offensive language, and violence. The book is also celebrated by critics for its sense of realism.”