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Critical Perspectives on Sam Selvon

Susheila Nasta, editor
ISBN: 978-0-89410-238-7
ISBN: 978-0-89410-239-4
1988/285 pages/LC: 88-50856

"Sam Selvon has . . . received critical acclaim through the English-speaking world, and he is indubitably one of the principal fiction writers of the Caribbean; yet, inexplicably, he has not been the subject of a single sustained explication or assessment. The present collection of essays by and about Selvon therefore fills a void—and fills it most pleasingly."—A. L. McLeod, World Literature Today


This groundbreaking study of prolific Trinidadian writer Sam Selvon includes background essays, interviews with Selvon, and critical assessments of his ten novels and collected short stories. An extensive bibliography and notes on the contributors are included.

In addition to Sam Selvon, the contributors to the work include Whitney Balliett, Harold Barratt, Edward Baugh, Frank Birbalsingh, E.K. Brathwaite, Edith Efron, Michel Fabre, Anson Gonzalez, Louis James, George Lamming, Bruce F. Macdonald, Peter Nazareth, V.S. Naipaul, Sandra Paquet, Jeremy Poynting, Isabel Quigley, Kenneth Ramchand, Eric Roach, Gordon Rohlehr, Andrew Salkey, Clancy Sigal, Derek Walcott, Edward Wilson, and Francis Wyndham.


Susheila Nasta is professor of modern literature at the Open University (UK) and editor of the journal Wasafiri.