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- DescriptionThe Portuguese creole author Alfred H. Mendes (1897-1991) was the most-important member of the Beacon Group of writers in Trinidad in the 1930s, along with C. L. R. James and Ralph de Boissiere. He is well kwn as a writer of short stories and for two vels, Pitch Lake and Black Fauns, and was made an horary D. Litt. by the University of the West Indies in 1972 for his contribution to the development of West Indian literature. Mendes's memories of life in the colony in the early twentieth century, his experiences as a rifleman in the Great War, and his brief but intense sojourn in New York City during the Depression are an invaluable resource for scholars. But Alfy Mendes had other sides as well: civil servant in British colonial Trinidad, businessman who traveled regularly throughout the West Indies and, especially, family man. His autobiography offers a unique private perspective of the man behind a popular West Indian personality. Levy has antated the work, written an introduction to place the writer in his time and his place in West Indian literature and compiled a bibliography of his works. Of interest to students of West Indian literature and postcolonial studies.
- Author BiographyMichele Levy is an independent researcher and academic writer. She has taught at secondary and tertiary levels and has tutored and lectured in the Department of Literature in English, University the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. She has published articles on Alfred H. Mendes and has edited a collection of his short stories.
- PublisherUniversity of the West Indies Press
- Date of Publication30/04/2002
- SubjectAutobiography: Literary
- Series TitleThe UWI Press Biography Series
- Place of PublicationKingston
- Country of PublicationJamaica
- ImprintUniversity of the West Indies Press
- Content Notebibliography
- Weight331 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Edited byMichele Levy
- Edition Statementannotated edition
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