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In the Eye of the Storm: Edgar Mittelholzer - Critical Perspectives

Published by Peepal Tree Press

ISBN: 9781845231286

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In the 1950s and early 1960s no Anglophone Caribbean novelist had a higher profile and was more praised than Edgar Mittelholzer. His early novels in particular found enthusiastic reviewers in the UK and USA but after his suicide in 1965 his reputation began to sink and for several decades, none of his books were in print.

This collection of essays both charts the way Mittelholzer’s work was read in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, and shows how a contemporary generation of critics is rediscovering his real merits – the quality of his prose, his literary ambition and the ways in which at least some of Mittelholzer’s ideas about the Caribbean speak to a postnationalist generation.

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