|Birth: ||Dec. 18, 1898|
|Death: ||Aug. 8, 1966|
AUTOR of Tropic Death
Eric Derwent Walrond (December 18, 1898 - August 8, 1966) was an African-American Harlem Renaissance writer, who made a lasting contribution to literature; his work still being in print today as a classic of its era. He was well-travelled, being born in Georgetown, Guyana (British Guiana) the son of a Barbadian mother and a Guyanese father, moving early in life to live in Barbados, and then Panama, New York, and eventually England.
Eric Walrond's most famous book was Tropic Death, published in New York City in 1926 when he was 28, in which he brought together ten stories, at least one of which had been previously published in small magazines. He had published other short stories prior to this, as well as a number of essays. The scholar Kenneth Ramchand described Walrond's book as a 'blistering' work of the imagination; others described his work as 'impressionistic' and 'frequently telegraphic', reflecting his use of short sentences. The following extract from his short story, Subjection, illustrates his more lyrical narrative style,
A ram-shackle body, dark in the ungentle spots exposing it, jogged, reeled and fell at the tip of a white bludgeon. Forced a dent in the crisp caked earth. An isolated ear lay limp and juicy, like some exhausted leaf or flower, half joined to the tree whence it sprang. Only the sticky milk flooding it was crimson, crimsoning the dust and earth.
Much of the dialogue between Walrond's characters is written in dialect, using the many different tongues loosely centered on the English language to portray the diversity of characters associated with the Pan-Caribbean diaspora.
When Eric Walrond was eight, his father left, and he moved with his mother, Ruth, to live with relatives in Barbados, where he attended St. Stephen's Boys' School, before moving to Panama at the time when the Panama Canal was being constructed. Here Eric Walrond completed his school education and became fluent in Spanish as well as English. Following training as a secretary and stenographer, he was emplotyed as a clerk in the Health Department of the Canal Commission at Cristobal, and as a reporter for the Panama Star-Herald newspaper. In 1918 he moved to New York where he attended Columbia University, being tutored by Dorothy Scarborough.
Abney Park Cemetery
London Borough of Hackney
Greater London, England
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Record added: Nov 01, 2009
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