Rupert Gray: A Tale in Black and White

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UWI Press, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 171 pages
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The Caribbean Heritage series is designed to publish new editions of historically significant works of fiction from our region. The first three volumes in the series comprise four Trinidadian novels published between 1838 and 1907. A substantial introduction and thorough annotations contextualize each of the original texts. The first volume in the series is E.L. Joseph's Warner Arundell: The Adventures of a Creole. The second volume includes two novels: Adolphus, A Tale, and Mrs Wilkins's The Slave Son. The third volume in the series presents Stephen Cobham's novel Rupert Gray, first published in 1907. Like the other novels in the series, this work also contains a strong political impetus, typical of West Indian novels, including support for the rights of all races. Together these four texts establish evidence of a much older and deeper local literary foundation than hitherto realized. This novel was written in Trinidad by a black or mixed-race teacher then law clerk, who also wrote poems and gave public lectures on literary topics. Williams, a black lawyer educated in England, who was a major figure in the Pan-African Association. The novel traces the love affair of Rupert Gray, a Negro accountant, and Gwendoline Serle, the daughter of a white businessman in Trinidad. The couple's interracial courtship is marked by parental disapproval, society's scorn and the loyalty of friends. A series of tragic events culminates in a melodramatic courtroom scene.

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Lise Winer is associate professor in the Faculty of Education, McGill University, the author of Badjohns, Bhaaji & Banknote Blue: Essays on the Social History of Language in Trinidad & Tobago, and editor of a series of early Trinidadian novels.

Bridget Brereton is Emerita Professor of History at The University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago. She is the author of several books on the history of the Caribbean and of Trinidad, including standard works such as Race Relations in Colonial Trinidad, 1870-1900 and A History of Modern Trinidad, 1783-1962. She is the editor or co-editor of several more (including Volume V of the UNESCO General History of the Caribbean), and the author of many journal articles and book chapters. She is a former Deputy Principal and Interim Principal of the St Augustine Campus of UWI. Primnath Gooptar (PhD) is a retired School Principal, writer/biographer, and well known social worker and cultural promoter. His years as an educator and social and cultural worker give him a unique perspective that is manifest in his writings. He lives in Tunapuna, Trinidad, with his wife and two children.

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