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Beyond WindrushRethinking Postwar Anglophone Caribbean Literature$
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J. Dillon Brown and Leah Reade Rosenberg

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628464757

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628464757.001.0001

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Epilogue: Coming of Age in the Fifties

Epilogue: Coming of Age in the Fifties

(p.239) Epilogue: Coming of Age in the Fifties
Beyond Windrush

Edward Baugh

University Press of Mississippi

In this brief memoir, the influential Jamaican critic, teacher, and author, Edward Baugh describes how he experienced the emergence of West Indian literature as a regionally and internationally recognized literary tradition in the 1950s and how he began his own career. While his university curriculum contained no West Indian literature, Baugh describes, becoming aware of West Indian literature through the BBC program Caribbean Voices and the Barbados-based literary magazine BIM. Its Caribbean content, style, and form opened new vistas before him, inspiring him to write, and his work appeared in both venues. Baugh includes a detailed description of the authors who published in BIM, mentioning the early works of now canonical authors such as Walcott, Selvon, Brathwaite, and Lovelace, and making careful mention of fiction writers and poets whom literary history has overlooked such as, Karl Sealy, John Wickham, John Figueroa, and Eric Roach.

Keywords:   Edward Baugh, BIM, Caribbean Voices, Emergence of West Indian Literature, Karl Sealy

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