Title: The Independence Anthology Of Jamaican ...
Publisher: Arts Celebration Committee Of The Ministry Of Development & Welfare Of The Government Of Jamaica
Publication Date: 1962
Kingston. 1962. Arts Celebration Committee Of The Ministry Of Development & Welfare Of The Government Of Jamaica. 3rd Signet Paperback Printing. Very Good In Worn Dustjacket With Some Tears and Small Pieces Missing. Introduction by Peter Abrahams. 227 pages. hardcover. Cover design by Karl Parboosingh. keywords: Jamaica Literature Anthology Black Caribbean. inventory # 42006. FROM THE PUBLISHER - This anthology of literature, published in commemoration of Jamaica’s achievement of political independence on August 6,1962, covers the whole range of Jamaican prose and poetry from the writers of the early 20th century, Tom Redcam and H. G. de Lisser, to the poets, novelists, historians and short story writers of today. There are 12 short stories, 35 poems (from 28 poets), extracts from five published novels and specimens of autobiography, history, folklore and humour. The introduction is contributed by Peter Abrahams, the South African novelist who has now made his home in Jamaica where he is well known as a radio commentator and editor. Nearly all of the material has already appeared in print — some in distinguished papers and magazines - the New Yorker and. the Christian Science Monitor, for example - and some items are very well known to Jamaicans, such as Claude McKay’s famous ‘Flameheart.’ On the other hand there are a few unpublished items, among them some pages from the autobiography of W. Adolphe Roberts which is now in progress. The first and longest story is by John Hearne, the best known and most prolific of the post-war Jamaican novelist. An adventure story of a man who loved shooting as others loved women, it also portrays vividly the clash of two personalities. The other short stories deal with many subjects including Jamaica’s history, village life and legend. Not forgotten, too, are the children for whom some items are specially included. The poetry section is as varied as the short stories, both in style and subject matter. There is the carefully constructed sonnet form of the Poet Laureate’ of Jamaica, J. E. Clare McFarlane, and the free verse of younger writers, while the historical poems of W. Adolphe Roberts and Philip Sherlock vie wit4h the more personal evocation of Louis Simpson and the descriptive verse of Vivian Virtue. The novels from which extracts are taken present various aspects of Jamaican life - that of a domestic servant in de Lisser’s ‘Susan Proudleigh,’ that of the last cent ury in Vic Reid’s New Day’ or the underworld of western Kingston in Brother Man’ of Roger Mais. Humour, too, is not omitted and Louise Bennett is represented both by a tale of Anancy and by one of her humorous verses. Also in this section is an example of a humorist of a different type, A. E. T. Henry, who used to bring many a laugh to Jamaican lips through a weekly newspaper column some twenty years ago. The variety of Jamaican literature included herein is wide-ranging in subject matter, style and treatment. There is something to suit all tastes. Very Good In Worn Dustjacket With Some Tears and Small Pieces Missing. Bookseller Inventory # 42006
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