Tribute to Jan Carew – from Peepal Tree Press

Tribute to Jan Carew – from Peepal Tree Press


This month’s newsletter from the editor.

As many followers of Caribbean writing will already know, the region has lost one of its grand old men, the novelist, poet, dramatist, painter, intellectual and political activist, Jan Carew, who died on the 5th of December at the age of 92. His passing will no doubt be a grievous loss to his family, but they will comfort themselves with the thought that he achieved more in a long life than the rest of us can dream of. Our condolences to his widow, Joy. 

The energy, the poetry of language and dramatic sweep of Jan Carew’s first two Guyanese set novels, Black Midas (1958) and The Wild Coast (1958) were amongst the very first Caribbean novels I ever read, over forty-five years ago, and they hooked me into the life-long passion that became Peepal Tree. When we began the Caribbean Classics series, they were amongst the first titles to be written into the series.    [read more]

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