In Search of Asylum: The Later Writings of Eric Walrond

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"A substantial step forward for black diaspora and black transnational literary studies."--Gary Edward Holcomb, author of Claude McKay, Code Name Sasha

"Fills a significant void in our understanding of the life and literary career of Eric Walrond. By collecting, for the first time, the writings Walrond produced following his departure from the U.S. in 1928, Parascandola and Wade have done scholars a rich service."--Heather Hathaway, author of ...

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"A substantial step forward for black diaspora and black transnational literary studies."--Gary Edward Holcomb, author of Claude McKay, Code Name Sasha

"Fills a significant void in our understanding of the life and literary career of Eric Walrond. By collecting, for the first time, the writings Walrond produced following his departure from the U.S. in 1928, Parascandola and Wade have done scholars a rich service."--Heather Hathaway, author of Caribbean Waves

Eric Walrond is one of the great underexamined figures of the Harlem Renaissance and the Caribbean diaspora. Very little of his later work has been subsequently published or made readily available to American scholars. His writings, set in the Caribbean, the United States, and Europe, discuss imperialism, racism, the role of the black writer, black identity, and immigration--all topics of vital concern today.

Born in British Guiana (now Guyana), Walrond moved to New York City in 1918 where he worked briefly for Marcus Garvey and became a protégé of Charles S. Johnson. During that time, he wrote short fiction as well as nonfiction and gained a measure of fame for his 1926 collection, Tropic Death.

In Search of Asylum compiles Walrond’s European journalism and later fiction, as well as the pieces he wrote during the 1950s at Roundway Hospital in Wiltshire, England, where he was a voluntary patient. Louis Parascandola and Carl Wade have assembled a collection that at last fills in the biographical gaps in Walrond’s life, providing insights into the contours of his later work and the cultural climates in which he functioned between 1928 and his death in 1966.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780813035604
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 3/6/2011
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Louis J. Parascandola, professor of English at Long Island University, is author or editor of six books, including "Look for Me All Around You": Anglophone Caribbean Immigrants in the Harlem Renaissance. Carl A. Wade, senior lecturer in English at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, has published extensively on Caribbean American writers and writing.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xiii

A Note on the Text xv

Selective Chronology xvii

Introduction xxi

Notes to the Introduction li

Works Cited lx

The Later Writings of Eric Walrond

Harlem on my Mind

"The Negro Renaissance" (July 1929) 9

"Recent Negro Literature" (January 1930) 12

"Harlem" (February 4, 1933) 13

"The Negro, Sent from the Cabaret, Returns to Labor in the Fields" ["El Negro, Expulsado del Cabaret, Vuelve a Labrar la Tierra"] (June 21, 1934) 19

"Harlem Nights" (September 26, 1935) 21

Fugitive Stories/Sketches

"Tai Sing" (April 20, 1934) 25

"Inciting to Riot" (July 26, 1934) 29

"A Fugitive from Dixie" (May/June 1936) 36

"Morning in Colon" (August 1940) 39

Fugitive Journalism

"White Man, What Now?" (April 5, 1935) 45

"On England" (July 1938) 47

"The Men of the Cibao" (December 29, 1945, and January 5, 1946) 49

Roundway Review (Fiction, Caribbean)

"The Servant Girl" (January 1953) 55

"The Coolie's Wedding" (February 1953) 61

"Two Sisters" (March-May 1953) 66

"Bliss" (July 1953) 80

"The Iceman" (August 1953) 85

"The Loan" (November 1953) 90

"A Piece of Hard Tack" (October 1953) 94

"Wind in the Palms" (September 1954) 98

Roundway Review (Fiction, United States)

"Success Story" (6 parts); (February-July 1954) 105

Roundway Review (Fiction, Britain)

"The Lieutenant's Dilemma" (May 1955) 141

"Strange Incident" (January 1956) 145

Roundway Review (Nonfiction)

"From British Guiana to Roundway" (December 1952) 149

"The Second Battle" (April 1956 to July 1957) 153

Unpublished Writings

"Shadow in the Sun" 161

"Brine" 178

"The Panama Scandal" 188

Notes to the Text 199

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