Fifty Caribbean Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook

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REINHARD W. SANDER


Alfred H. Mendes
(1897- )

BIOGRAPHY

Alfred H. Mendes was born in Trinidad on November 18, 1897. His father was a well-to-do Trinidad merchant of Portuguese descent, and in keeping with this status Mendes was sent to school in England from the age of eight, where he received his secondary education at Hitchin Grammar School. When World War I broke out, Mendes joined the First Rifle Brigade and was posted to Flanders and France. Although he was decorated for bravery during the war, he was appalled by the sordidness of the struggle and began to see the war as a mindless sacrifice of life, engineered by the major European powers in their pursuit of selfish imperialist aims. The 1917 October Revolution in Russia by contrast provided Mendes (and a whole generation of Western intellectuals) with a new framework within which to interpret modern society. Looking back at this phase of his intellectual development, Mendes has commented: "Today, after this long distance from the Russian Revolution, no member of the two generations that followed it can have the faintest idea of how moved, how uplifted and how hopeful those of us were who could sense its implications and its inherent possibilities. World War I with its ghastly disillusionment and its Death, its broken promises and its cynicism had left us eager to clutch at any straw of hope in a drowning sea" ( Kenneth Ramchand, "The Alfred Mendes Story," 1977, p. 6). Mendes returned to Trinidad in 1920 fired with socialist ideals. From his new perspective he saw Trinidad as another casualty of British imperialism and the local middle class of which he was a part as subservient imitators

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • COPYRIGHT ACKNOWLEDGMENTS v
  • Contents ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction 1
  • Phyllis Shand Allfrey (1915) 9
  • Bibliography 17
  • Michael Anthony (1932) 19
  • Bibliography 24
  • Lindsay Barrett (1941) 26
  • Bibliography 34
  • Louise Bennett (1919) 35
  • Bibliography 44
  • Dionne Brand (1953) 46
  • Bibliography 57
  • Edward Kamau Brathwaite (1930) 58
  • Bibliography 68
  • Erna Brodber (1940) 71
  • Bibliography 81
  • Wayne Vincent Brown (1944) 83
  • Bibliography 95
  • Jan Carew (1925) 96
  • Bibliography 107
  • Martin Wylde Carter (1927) 108
  • Austin Clarke (1934) 115
  • Frank Collymore (1893-1980) 122
  • O. R. Dathorne (1934) 133
  • Bibliography 140
  • Neville Dawes (1926-1984) 141
  • Bibliography 149
  • Reinhard W. Sander Ralph de Boissiére (1907) 151
  • Jean D'Costa (1937) 160
  • Bibliography 165
  • Herbert George de Lisser (1878-1944) 166
  • Bibliography 176
  • John Joseph Maria Figueroa (1920) 178
  • Bibliography 186
  • Wilson Harris (1921) 187
  • Bibliography 194
  • John Hearne (1926) 198
  • Bibliography 206
  • Roy A. K. Heath (1926) 207
  • Bibliography 216
  • Frank E. M. Hercules (1917) 217
  • Bibliography 222
  • Merle Hodge (1944) 224
  • Bibliography 228
  • C. L. R. James (1901) 229
  • Bibliography 237
  • Marion Patrick Jones (1934) 239
  • Ismith Khan (1925) 246
  • Jamaica Kincaid (1949) 255
  • Bibliography 263
  • George Lamming (1927) 264
  • Bibliography 273
  • Earl Lovelace (1935) 276
  • Bibliography 282
  • Claude McKay (1889-1948) 284
  • Bibliography 292
  • Anthony McNeill (1941) 294
  • Bibliography 302
  • Roger Mais (1905-1955) 303
  • Bibliography 317
  • Alfred H. Mendes (1897) 318
  • Bibliography 325
  • Edgar Mittelholzer (1909-1965) 327
  • Bibliography 338
  • Mervyn Morris (1937) 341
  • Bibliography 356
  • V. S. Naipaul (1932) 357
  • Bibliography 365
  • Orlando Patterson (1940) 368
  • Bibliography 376
  • Vic Reid (1911) 377
  • Bibliography 388
  • Jean Rhys (1890-1979) 390
  • Bibliography 401
  • Garth St. Omer (1931) 405
  • Bibliography 416
  • Andrew Salkey (1928) 418
  • Bibliography 425
  • Dennis Scott (1939) 428
  • Bibliography 437
  • Samuel Dickson Selvon (1923) 439
  • Bibliography 448
  • A. J. Seymour (1914) 450
  • Michael Thelwell (1939) 457
  • Bibliography 461
  • Derek Walcott (1930) 462
  • Bibliography 470
  • Eric Walrond (1898-1966) 474
  • Bibliography 481
  • Denis Williams (1923) 483
  • Bibliography 491
  • Francis Williams (1700-1770) 493
  • Bibliography 497
  • Sylvia Wynter (1928) 498
  • Bibliography 506
  • General Bibliography 509
  • Index 511
  • Contributors 525
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