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Mr George Lamming - Author

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George Lamming is a Barbados-born novelist, essayist, and poet. Currently Honorary Professor at the Errol Barrow Centre for the Creative Imagination at the University of the West Indies, Lamming has taught at universities around the world, including posts of Distinguished Visiting Professor at Duke University and Visiting Professor at Brown University. His books include The Emigrants (1954), Of Age and Innocence (1958), and The Pleasures of Exile (1960).

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The Pleasures of Exile

The Pleasures of Exile

Author: Mr George Lamming Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2020

In The Pleasures of Exile, as in his other works, George Lamming embraces the intricate issues of colonization and decolonization with a canny combination of playfulness and seriousness, irony and commitment. [It] is a reciprocal process, Lamming observes, to be a colonial is to be a man in a certain relation; and this relation is an example of exile. Through a series of interrelated essays, The Pleasures of Exile explores the cultural politics and relationships created in the crucible of colonization. Drawing on Shakespeare's The Tempest and C. L. R. James's The Black Jacobins, as well as his own fiction and poetry, Lamming deftly locates the reader in a specific intellectual and cultural domain while conjuring a rich and varied spectrum of physical, intellectual, psychological, and cultural responses to colonialism. My subject, he writes, is the migration of the West Indian writer, as colonial and exile, from his native kingdom, once inhabited by Caliban, to the tempestuous island of Prospero's and his language. This book is a report on one man's way of seeing.

Of Age and Innocence

Of Age and Innocence

Author: Mr George Lamming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/03/2011

The Pleasures of Exile

The Pleasures of Exile

Author: Mr George Lamming, Bill Schwartz, Richard Drayton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/07/2005

'Migration in the 50s and 60s was formative for a whole generation of Caribbean writers, artists and intellectuals who, as Lamming himself says, became 'West Indian' in London. The Pleasures of Exile is simply the most poignant, eloquent, insightful and poetic set of reflections on that experience.' Stuart Hall 'The passing of more than 40 years hasn't dulled the sheer brazen confidence with which George Lamming brought a West Indian way of seeing to British life and literature.' Peter Hulme 'George Lamming is one of the most important writers in the African diaspora, and one whose work has touched illuminatingly on significant aspects of colonialism, postcolonialism, and other matters vitally important to our comprehension of the worlds in which we live.' Michael Awkward George Lamming is one of the major figures in late twentieth century literature: his novels -- including In the Castle of My Skin (1953) -- were part of the social, cultural, and political revolution of modern Black writing. The Pleasures of Exile, originally published in 1960, is Lamming's first work of non-fiction. Written during his self-imposed exile in Britain, it explores themes of identity formation. Incorporating memoirs of his own experience, Lamming draws upon Shakespeare's The Tempest and CLR James's The Black Jacobins, as well as his own fiction and poetry. He conjures a rich spectrum of physical, intellectual, psychological and cultural responses to colonialism. This new edition, with a new preface and introduction, reveals a writer far ahead of his time: written before the term 'post-colonial' was invented, the book explores issues that are central to studies of literature today, including the politics of migration, cultural hybridity and minority discourse.

Season of Adventure

Season of Adventure

Author: Mr George Lamming Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/03/1997

First published in 1960, Season of Adventure details the story of Fola, a light-skinned middle-class girl who has been tipped out of her easy hammock of social privilege into the complex political and cultural world of her recently independent homeland, the Caribbean island of San Cristobal. After attending a ceremony of the souls to raise the dead, she is carried off by the unrelenting accompaniment of steel drums onto a mysterious journey in search of her past and of her identity. Gradually, she is caught in the crossfire of a struggle between people who have pawned their future to possessions and those condemned by lack of learning to a deeper truth. The music of the drums sounds throughout the novel, loud as gospel to a believer's ears, and at the end stands alone as witness to the tradition which is slowly being destroyed in the name of European values. Whether through literary production or public pronouncements, George Lamming has explored the phenomena of colonialism and imperialism and their impact on the psyche of Caribbean people. First published in 1960, Season of Adventure reveals not only these themes, but involves the reader in the analysis of the forms and discourses of resistance employed by the region's people in the course of reproducing their social existence. George Lamming was born in Barbados, resides in London and teaches regularly in American universities. He is the author of In the Castle of My Skin, Natives of my Person, The Emigrants, and The Pleasures of Exile, also available from the University of Michigan Press.

The Emigrants

The Emigrants

Author: Mr George Lamming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/1994

The Emigrants is an elaborately conceived novel, dense with dynamic characters and evocative details. First published in 1954, it focuses initially on the emigrant journey, then on the settling-in process. The journey by sea and subsequent attempts at resettlement provide the fictional framework for Lamming's exploration of the alienation and displacement caused by colonialism. This is the epic journey of a group of West Indians who emigrate to Great Britain in the 1950s in search of educational opportunities unattainable at home. Seeking to redefine themselves in the mother country, an idealized landscape that they have been taught to revere, the emigrants settle uncomfortably in England's industrial cities. Within two years, ghettoization is firmly in place. The emigrants discover the meaning of their marginality in the British Empire in an environment that is unexpectedly hostile and strange. For some, alienation prompts a new sense of community, a new sense of identity as West Indians. For others, alienation leads to a crisis of confrontation with the law and fugitive status. There is a wealth of information here about the genesis of the black British community and about the cultural differences between the black British and West Indian/Caribbean.

The Pleasures of Exile

The Pleasures of Exile

Author: Mr George Lamming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/1992

In The Pleasures of Exile, as in his other works, George Lamming embraces the intricate issues of colonization and decolonization with a canny combination of playfulness and seriousness, irony and commitment. [It] is a reciprocal process, Lamming observes, to be a colonial is to be a man in a certain relation; and this relation is an example of exile. Through a series of interrelated essays, The Pleasures of Exile explores the cultural politics and relationships created in the crucible of colonization. Drawing on Shakespeare's The Tempest and C. L. R. James's The Black Jacobins, as well as his own fiction and poetry, Lamming deftly locates the reader in a specific intellectual and cultural domain while conjuring a rich and varied spectrum of physical, intellectual, psychological, and cultural responses to colonialism. My subject, he writes, is the migration of the West Indian writer, as colonial and exile, from his native kingdom, once inhabited by Caliban, to the tempestuous island of Prospero's and his language. This book is a report on one man's way of seeing.

In the Castle of My Skin

In the Castle of My Skin

Author: Mr George Lamming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/1992

Nearly forty years after its initial publication, George Lamming's In the Castle of My Skin is considered a classic narrative of the Black colonial experience. This poetic autobiographical novel juxtaposes the undeveloped, unencumbered life of a small Caribbean island with the materialism and anxiety of the twentieth century. Written when Lamming was twenty-three and residing in England, In the Castle of My Skin poignantly chronicles the author's life from his ninth to his nineteenth year. Through the eyes of a young boy the experiences of colonial education, class tensions, and natural disaster are interpreted and reinterpreted, mediated through the presence of the old villagers and friends who leave for the mainland. One of the leading Black writers of the twentieth century, George Lamming is the author of numerous works exploring the colonial experience.

Natives of My Person

Natives of My Person

Author: Mr George Lamming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/1991

In the Castle of My Skin

In the Castle of My Skin

Author: Mr George Lamming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/1979

A classic first novel about growing up in colonial Barbados. In the Castle of my Skin is a brilliant, sensitive record of the evolving consciousness of a poor village boy, at a time of rapid social change.

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