Winds Can Wake up the Dead: An Eric Walrond Reader / Edition 1

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Eric Walrond (1898-1966), a significant figure in the Harlem Renaissance and New Negro Movement, is a seminal writer of Black diasporic life, but much of his work is not readily available. This new anthology brings together a broad sampling of Walrond's writings, including not only selections from his celebrated Tropic Death (1926) but also other stories, essays, and reviews. Louis J. Parascandola's introduction to the collection provides the most complete description to date of Walrond's life and work. It brings together previously undocumented biographical information that situates him in the context of his times, and it offers both an overview and a renewed appreciation of his writings. This book restores Walrond to his proper place in the history of African American and Caribbean literature and is an essential reader for students of Black culture.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Editor Parascandola has done an excellent job of providing introductory material and notes as well as selections from the writings of Eric Walrond. The introduction places Walrond in the pantheon of African American and Afro-Caribbean writers, as well as among his contemporaries in the Harlem Renaissance. Walrond was born in Guyana, grew up in Barbados and Panama, spent his early adulthood in the United States, and lived the remainder of his life in Europe. His peripatetic lifestyle not only affected his writing but was in many ways its subject. These selections provide a good mixture of Walrond's journalism--some of which appeared in Marcus Garvey's Negro World and Charles S. Johnson's Opportunity--as well as his fiction. Though some of Walrond's writing is more functional than literary, there is much in this collection of literary and historical interest. Recommended wherever there is an interest in African American literature and essential for most academic libraries. [Parascandola is an LJ reviewer.--Ed.]--Denise Johnson, Bradley Univ. Lib., Peoria, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814327098
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Series: African American Life Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 1,114,965
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Louis J. Parascandola is an associate professor of English at Long Island University.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction 11
A Note on the Text 43
Some Notes on Caribbean English 44
Art and Propaganda 53
Marcus Garvey - A Defense 55
The Dice of Destiny 57
Visit to Arthur Schomburg's Library Brings out Wealth of Historical Information 59
Developed and Undeveloped Negro Literature: Writers Desert Great Field of Folk-Life for Propagandism 62
Bert Williams Foundation Organized to Perpetuate Ideals of Celebrated Actor 64
El Africano 66
A Senator's Memoirs 71
A Black Virgin 74
On Being Black 76
I Am an American 81
On Being a Domestic 84
The Stone Rebounds 87
Vignettes of the Dusk 90
The Voodoo's Revenge 94
The New Negro Faces America 109
The Negro Comes North 113
The Black City 116
Review of There Is Confusion 119
Imperator Africanus: Marcus Garvey: Menace or Promise? 121
The Negro Literati 128
Negro Folk-Song 132
The Epic of a Mood 135
From Cotton, Cane, and Rice Fields 138
The Color of the Caribbean 142
Miss Kenny's Marriage 149
The Godless City 161
The Adventures of Kit Skyhead and Mistah Beauty: An All-Negro Evening in the Coloured Cabarets of New York 173
City Love 179
Drought 189
The Yellow One 199
The Wharf Rats 210
The Palm Porch 222
The Black Pin 231
The Vampire Bat 242
Tropic Death 253
White Man, What Now? 279
The Negro in London 282
The Negro before the World 286
On England 289
Review of Twelve Million Black Voices 292
Inciting to Riot 297
Consulate 305
Morning in Colon 310
By the River Avon 315
Poor Great 321
Annotations 327
Bibliography 341
Emendations 349
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