Eric Walrond (1898–1966), author of Tropic Death (1926), remains a seminal but elusive figure in Harlem Renaissance and Caribbean diasporic literature. Although this collection remains his only major text, Walrond was in fact quite prolific, penning several more fictions and journalistic writings. Born in British Guiana (Guyana), he endured a peripatetic existence, beleaguered at every turn by those colonial crises and conflicts that constitute the central concerns of his fiction and journalism.
Despite the enduring popularity of Tropic Death, there has been little sustained critical examination of Walrond’s achievement. In Eric Walrond: The Critical Heritage, Louis J. Parascandola and Carl A. Wade address this deficiency, fashioning the first critical anthology on Walrond. The ten essays in this volume employ a variety of literary, cultural and sociological approaches to illuminate the art and imagination of a writer celebrated as one of the most complex authors of the Harlem Renaissance. Included in the collection are two early commentaries by noted West Indian critic Kenneth Ramchand (his article is revised for this volume) and the late American scholar Robert Bone, as well as contributions by more contemporary voices. This comprehensive dissection of Walrond’s life and writings reveals an oeuvre that still has much to contribute to discussions about modern black literary and cultural studies.
“. . . a great work of literary reclamation, a storehouse of rare scholarly research exploring
the cultural politics of the Harlem Renaissance (and its discontents) as illuminated by the
troubling legacy of the enigmatic Caribbean-born writer. . . In the process . . . [Eric]
Walrond is recuperated, rehabilitated and restored to the circuits of literary, cultural and
– Annie Paul, Senior Publications Officer, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica
Contributors: Robert Bone, Louis Chude-Sokei, James Davis, Rhonda D. Frederick,
Michael Niblett, Louis J. Parascandola, Carl Pedersen, Kenneth Ramchand, Michelle A.
Stephens, Carl A. Wade
Louis J. Parascandola is Professor of English, Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York. His publications include “Look for Me All Around You”: Anglophone Caribbean Immigrants in the Harlem Renaissance, “Winds Can Wake up the Dead”: An Eric Walrond Reader and, with Carl A. Wade, In Search of Asylum: The Later Writings of Eric Walrond.
Carl A. Wade is former Senior Lecturer, Literatures in English, University of the West
Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. He is co-editor, with Louis J. Parascandola, of In Search of Asylum: The Later Writings of Eric Walrond.