This wide-ranging collection assembles recent essays on Mittelholzer as a pioneering Caribbean modernist, critical overviews of his published works throughout the past 50 years, and the reflections of his contemporaries such as Frank Collymore, George Lamming, and A. J. Seymour. Biographical accounts of the author's conflicted life--including one by Mittelholzer's widow, Jacqueline Ward--provide an important background to the literature. Arguing for the continuing relevance of his fiction and its place in the Caribbean canon, this comprehensive compilation presents a rewarding exploration of the novelist's life and literary achievement.
Juanita Cox is a professor at the University of North London. She is completing a PhD on the work of Edgar Mittelholzer.