Sunday, January 18, 2015

Tradition and the West Indian Novel

Harris, Wilson, Tradition and the West Indian Novel, London: The London West Indian Students Union, May, 1965. (two copies)

Tradition, the Writer & Society (1967):
The classic essay, “Tradition and the West Indian Novel” has since appeared in several critical anthologies and marks a key stage in the theoretical project of defining “genuine autonomy” in Caribbean literature. C.L.R. James’s introduction to that essay, first produced as part of a pamphlet for the West Indian Students’ Union in 1964, is included as an Appendix in the New Beacon volume.

Sir Theodore Wilson Harris (born 24 March 1921) is a Guyanese writer. He initially wrote poetry, but has since become a well-known novelist and essayist. His writing style is often said to be abstract and densely metaphorical, and his subject matter wide-ranging. Harris is considered one of the most original and innovative voices in postwar literature in English.

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