The Autobiography of Alfred H. Mendes 1897-1991

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University of the West Indies Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 192 pages
The 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 known as a writer of short stories and for two novels, Pitch Lake and Black Fauns, and was made an honorary 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 annotated 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.
 

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Contents

Madeira Prologue 18461897
3
Early Memories 18971912
12
School in England 19121915
26
War 1916
41
War 19161919
55
Writing Trinidad 19191930
66
Writing Trinidad 19311933
76
Writing New York 19331940
89
WritingNew York 19331940
99
New York 19331940
112
Conclusion Trinidad 19401972 Barbados 19731978
132
Appendix
155
Appendix C
164
Nine Sonnets For R
173
Works hy Alfred H Mendes
181
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Michele 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.

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