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Winds can wake up the dead : an Eric Walrond reader
Walrond, Eric, 1898-1966.
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Detroit, Mich. : Wayne State University Press, [1998]

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350 pages ; 23 cm.
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Eric Walrond (1898-1966), a significant figure in the Harlem Renaissance and New Negro Movement, is a seminal writer of Black diasporic life, but much of his work is not readily available. This new anthology brings together a broad sampling of Walrond's writings, including not only selections from his celebrated Tropic Death (1926) but also other stories, essays, and reviews. Louis J. Parascandola's introduction to the collection provides the most complete description to date of Walrond's life and work. It brings together previously undocumented biographical information that situates him in the context of his times, and it offers both an overview and a renewed appreciation of his writings. This book restores Walrond to his proper place in the history of African American and Caribbean literature and is an essential reader for students of Black culture.

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Louis J. Parascandola is an associate professor of English at Long Island University.

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Library Journal Review

Editor Parascandola has done an excellent job of providing introductory material and notes as well as selections from the writings of Eric Walrond. The introduction places Walrond in the pantheon of African American and Afro-Caribbean writers, as well as among his contemporaries in the Harlem Renaissance. Walrond was born in Guyana, grew up in Barbados and Panama, spent his early adulthood in the United States, and lived the remainder of his life in Europe. His peripatetic lifestyle not only affected his writing but was in many ways its subject. These selections provide a good mixture of Walrond's journalism‘some of which appeared in Marcus Garvey's Negro World and Charles S. Johnson's Opportunity‘as well as his fiction. Though some of Walrond's writing is more functional than literary, there is much in this collection of literary and historical interest. Recommended wherever there is an interest in African American literature and essential for most academic libraries. [Parascandola is an LJ reviewer.‘Ed.]‘Denise Johnson, Bradley Univ. Lib., Peoria, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

A selection of Walrond's writings is certainly due and welcome: Walrond's stature as a lesser member of the Harlem Renaissance needs to be raised, for his fiction has strengths that should place him among the top story writers. In this volume, with a useful historical introduction (sources cited), Parascandola (Long Island Univ.) reprints samples of Walrond's journalism and fiction, written between 1921 and 1950. The best of the former is his reporting in the late 1930s on the status of West Indians in England. However, Walrond's powers as a writer of fiction--his characters (the sexuality more freely expressed than was usual at the time), dialogue, atmosphere (Caribbean and New York), and plotting--reached their full power in the early 1920s and fell off after he published his important collection Tropic Death (1926). The complex Caribbean dialect warms quickly to the ear as authentic speech (editorial notes on Caribbean speech help, as do glosses). His stories evoke the work of Jean Toomer; in essays, one often hears his anger toward whites. With a "most comprehensive to date" bibliography of Walrond's writings appended, this collection eliminates any excuse to underrate this important writer. All collections. B. E. McCarthy; College of the Holy Cross