During his youth Claude spent years in and out of juvenile detention centers and juvenile homes as a result of stealing, and selling drugs. Claude's life of crime led him into a situation where he was shot in the abdomen, at 13 years of age, during a burglary.. This incident and the encouragement of a friend helped Claude leave his life of crime behind him.
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Shortly afterward he entered Howard University and began writing. Toni Morrison, one of his teachers, often critiqued Claude's work. Claude wrote about what he knew best -- his own life experiences. Claude's Manchild in the Promised Land, is a best selling autobiography on his youth in Harlem, New York.
The review of this Book prepared by Shanayah