Eric Walrond: The Critical Heritage

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This outstanding collection of essays about Eric Walrond gathers a diversity of perspectives not only on the life, writing and influence of this significant member of the Harlem Renaissance, but more importantly, on the subject of black identity and literature at the turn of the century, both in America and the West Indies. Parascandola (Long Island Univ.) and Wade (Univ. of the West Indies) have assembled an informative handbook on an artist whose work resonates more deeply today than ever before in the study of the complexities of race identity. Providing a fine companion to Waldron’s Tropic Death (1926), the volume reaches back to Kenneth Ramchand’s seminal essay on the writer’s short stories in his West Indian Novel and Its Background (1970), and it also included a section on Waldron from Robert Bone’s Down Home (1975)- - the most comprehensive study until this one. Michelle Stephens, a rising expert in “transnational blackness,” contributes an essay that deftly integrates Waldron’s work with the global movement of black empire associated with Marcus Garvey, Claude McKay, and others. Older voices mix with newer ones in critical portrait, which ends with biographical sketches that illustrate Waldron’s deserved status among the writers of significant modernist narratives. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty.- - L.L. Johnson, Lewis & Clark College

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