Exploring the Palace of the Peacock: Essays on Wilson Harris

Exploring the Palace of the Peacock: Essays on Wilson Harris

Exploring the Palace of the Peacock: Essays on Wilson Harris

Exploring the Palace of the Peacock: Essays on Wilson Harris

Synopsis

Joyce Sparer Adler lived and worked in Guyana for five years teaching at the University of Guyana, where she developed a life-long interest in the Guyanese, novelist, poet, and surveyor, Wilson Harris. Her essays on Harris's books are profound for their insights and were scattered in various journals. They are assembled for the first time in this book and are now available to a wider audience.

Excerpt

I was most happy to receive a request from Irving Adler to write a few words for the book he is publishing of Joyce Sparer Adler's essays on Wilson Harris.

I have known both Joyce Sparer and Wilson Harris; my acquaintance with Mr Harris goes back more than fifty years. It was during the exhilarating period of the 1940s and early 1950s when my late husband, Cheddi Jagan, and I and others were gathering forces and ideas and building ideals to begin the long struggle for independence of the then British Guiana.

At our home in Laluni Street, Georgetown, a few years after Cheddi's return from dental studies in the United States and my arrival after our marriage in 1943, we met many young Guyanese and used to have frequent talks, exchanges of views and books, all leading to revolutionary thoughts and preparations for action.

Wilson Harris, the surveyor and poet, and Martin Carter, another budding poet, came over in the evenings to Laluni Street and read their poems to us. These were heady days full of activity, passion and resolve. (Martin Carter later became Guyana's national poet.)

Wilson invited me to join his surveying team in the interior, which I accepted. It was then that I understood that the beauty, mystery and profound quiet of the interior greatly influenced what was to be his life as a writer. It was already creating the poet in him, which would later lead to his creative powers as a novelist.

Joyce Sparer came to Guyana at another important and most difficult period in the struggles of the People's Progressive Party led by Cheddi Jagan . . .

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