The Novels of Samuel Selvon: A Critical Study


The author of such works as A Brighter Sun (1952), The Lonely Londoners (1956), and The Plains of Caroni (1970), West Indian novelist Samuel Selvon is attracting growing amounts of scholarly attention. Nonetheless, criticism of his works has largely been imbalanced, with most scholarship focusing primarily on his language. This book corrects that imbalance by placing Selvon's novels within historical, sociological, and ideological contexts. A broad overview of Selvon's works, the volume examines ten novels in individual chapters. These chapters, in turn, are grouped in three categories: the peasant novels, the middle-class novels, and the immigrant novels. Thus the book provides a coherent examination of the development of Selvon's literary career and offers a fresh assessment of his writings.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2001


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