William Braithwaite (6 December 1878 – 8 June, 1962) was a poet, writer and critic from Boston, MA.
- Braithwaite’s father was from a wealthy Guiana family, while his mother was the daughter of a slave from North Carolina.
- At age 12, the writer’s father passed away and he was forced to quit school and support the family.
- When, at age 15, the young Mr. Braithwaite was apprenticed to a typesetter he discovered his love to poetry and began to write his own literature.
- Mr. Braithwaite started writing for The Boston Evening Transcript in 1906. He also wrote for other publications such as the New York Times, The New Republic, and Atlantic Monthly.
- Eventually, Mr. Braithwaite became the literary editor for The Boston Evening Transcript.
- In 1935 the author became a professor of creative literature at Atlanta University.
- In 1918 Mr. Braithwaite was awarded the Spingarn Medal by the NAACP.
- Some of the poets Mr. Braithwaite admired were John Keats, William Wordsworth, and Percy Shelley.
- Together with is wife, Emma Kelly, he had seven children.
- After retiring from his post at Atlanta University, 1946, the Braithwaite family lived in Harlem, NY where Mr. Braithwaite continued to write and publish.
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