Tropic Death

Tropic Death

Book - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
Presents stories that address issues of race and class and that feature dialogue in colorful Caribbean dialects describing men who worked in stone quarries and built the Panama Canal.

Norton Pub
Eric Walrond (1898–1966), in his only book, injected a profound Caribbean sensibility into black literature. His work was closest to that of Jean Toomer and Zora Neale Hurston with its striking use of dialect and its insights into the daily lives of the people around him. Growing up in British Guiana, Barbados, and Panama, Walrond first published Tropic Death to great acclaim in 1926. This book of stories viscerally charts the days of men working stone quarries or building the Panama Canal, of women tending gardens and rearing needy children. Early on addressing issues of skin color and class, Walrond imbued his stories with a remarkable compassion for lives controlled by the whims of nature. Despite his early celebrity, he died in London in 1966 with minimal recognition given to his passing. Arnold Rampersad’s elegant introduction reclaims this classic work and positions Walrond alongside the prominent writers of his age.
Finally available after three decades, a lost classic of the Harlem Renaissance that Langston Hughes acclaimed for its “hard poetic beauty.”

& Taylor

This only book from the African-American Harlem Renaissance writer features stories that addressed the issues of race and class early on and featured dialogue in colorful Caribbean dialects describing men who worked in stone quarries and built the Panama canal.

Publisher: New York : Liveright Pub., [2013]
ISBN: 9780871403353
Branch Call Number: FICTION WALROND
Characteristics: 191 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 25, 2016

This book was really good. I don't know what else to say. He was a contemporary of Zora Hurston, used real language kind of like her, but with all the color and mixture of cultures and language in the Caribbean.


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