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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Literary Agent
Magazine Editor
Book Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
This Too Shall Pass.

Birthplace

Born:
10/4/1940
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Literary Agent
Magazine Editor
Book Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
This Too Shall Pass.

Birthplace

Born:
10/4/1940
Birth Location:
Philadelphia
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Biography

Literary agent and publishing consultant, Marie Dutton Brown was born on October 4, 1940 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Josephine and Benson Dutton. Brown attended a Catholic elementary school and a public high school. She graduated from Germantown High School in 1958 and went on to Penn State University where she received her B.S degree in 1962.

Brown became a teacher for the Philadelphia Public School System in 1963. In 1965, as a multicultural coordinator, she helped to introduce multicultural education into the school system, which included African American history.

In 1967, Brown decided to take a different direction in her career. She took a position as a general publishing trainee at Doubleday Book Publishing in New York City, but in 1969, she married and relocated with her husband to California. There, from 1969 until 1972, Brown worked in bookstores and did freelance work. Then, she returned to New York City and to Doubleday Book Publishing as a senior editor.

Brown went on to become the Editor-In-Chief of Elan magazine in 1982 and sales manager and assistant buyer for Endicott Booksellers in 1984. At a time when publishers were no longer accepting unsolicited manuscripts, Brown decided to take her expertise and open her own literary agency, Marie Brown and Associates in Harlem, New York, becoming one of the few African American agents in the book world. Her agency provided marketing, promotions and consulting along with publishing. In 1990, Brown began to concentrate on book publishing because she cherished the idea of working creatively and developmentally with the authors. Brown has represented authors Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Randall Robinson, Dr. Johnetta Cole, Susan Taylor and Van Whitfield.

Brown is on the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Cultural Center, To Be Continued Kids Theater and Frank Silvera Black Theater.

Brown was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 8, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Marie Brown lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Marie Brown describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Marie Brown describes her maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Marie Brown describes her paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Marie Brown describes her parents' jobs during college
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Marie Brown describes her grandparents' property ownership
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Marie Brown describes her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Marie Brown describes her parents' college education and occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Marie Brown describes her parents' social activities at Hampton Institute
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Marie Brown describes her early childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Marie Brown describes the sounds of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Marie Brown describes her elementary school experiences in Hampton, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Marie Brown describes the May Day festivities at Hampton Institute
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Marie Brown describes her childhood activities in Hampton, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Marie describes her family and their move to Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Marie Brown describes the assemblies at Ford Greene Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Marie Brown recalls attending Nashville's St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Marie Brown describes her early love for reading
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Marie Brown describes her childhood activities in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Marie Brown describes her neighborhood in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Marie Brown recalls her experiences as a Girl Scout
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Marie Brown recalls attending George E. Washington Junior High School in Nashville
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Marie Brown describes her favorite music as a teenager in Nashville
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Marie Brown recalls her parents' involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Marie Brown describes Nashville's country music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Marie Brown recalls her academic experience at George E. Washington Junior High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Marie Brown recalls attending Nashville's Pearl High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Marie Brown describes her teachers at Nashville's Pearl High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Marie Brown recalls moving to Philadelphia in her late teenage years
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Marie Brown recalls adjusting at Philadelphia's Germantown High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Marie Brown recalls her decision to attend Pennsylvania State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Marie Brown recalls her transition to college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Marie Brown recalls pledging Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Marie Brown recalls adjusting to Pennsylvania State University's campus life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Marie Brown recalls studying psychology at Pennsylvania State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Marie Brown recalls teaching at General Louis Wagner Junior High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Marie Brown recalls working as education coordinator in Philadelphia's public schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Marie Brown remembers President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's assassination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Marie Brown remembers the integration of Philadelphia's public schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Marie Brown recalls being offered a position at Doubleday and Company Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Marie Brown recalls the trainee program at Doubleday and Company Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Marie Brown recalls working as an editorial assistant for Loretta Barrett
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Marie Brown recalls Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Marie Brown describes her work experiences in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Marie Brown recalls her husband's cartoon work and their life in Los Angeles
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Marie Brown recalls returning to Doubleday and Company Inc. as an editor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Marie Brown describes the books she edited at Doubleday and Company Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Marie Brown explains the role of a book editor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Marie Brown describes the process of publishing a book
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Marie Brown recalls working with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at Doubleday and Company Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Marie Brown recalls becoming editor in chief of Elan magazine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Marie Brown recalls her unemployment after Elan magazine ceased publication
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Marie Brown remembers working at New York City's Endicott Booksellers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Marie Brown recalls her experiences as a literary agent
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Marie Brown talks about the authors she represented as a literary agent
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Marie Brown explains how she built her clientele as a literary agent
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Marie Brown describes her lifelong friends
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Marie Brown reflects upon her life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Marie Brown shares her message to future generations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Marie Brown describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Marie Brown reflects upon her life, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Marie Brown narrates her photographs