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Baugh, Edward. Frank Collymore: A Biography. Kingston/Miami. 2009. Ian Randle Publishers. 9789766373917. 302 pages. hardcover.

 

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FRANK COLLYMORE: A BIOGRPAHY is the first book-length biography of Frank Collymore, Barbadian, educator, poet, editor, stage actor, mentor and tireless promoter of West Indian Literature. Born at Woodville Cottage in Saint Michael in 1893, Collymore became an invaluable contributor to the arts and culture in Barbadian society, with his participation in the theatre group, the Bridgetown Players, his poetry and short stories, and most notable, his editing of the literary magazine, BIM. In this witty and endearing account of the life and times of one of Barbados’ favourite sons, poet, scholar and long-time friend of Collymore, recounts the story of Collymore’s rise in the literary world. Drawn from Collymore’s letters, journals and interviews with friends, colleagues and, the many people whose lives he touched, FRANK COLLYMORE: A BIOGRAPHY captures this ‘Barbadian Man of the Arts’ as he will always be remembered: with grace, wit and indomitable charm.

 

Baugh EdwardEdward Baugh is Professor Emeritus of English, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. He is the author of Derek Walcott: Memory as Vision (Longman, 1978) and Derek Walcott (Cambridge University Press, 2006). Baugh was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, the son of Edward Percival Baugh, Purchasing Agent and Ethel Maud Duhaney-Baugh. He began writing poetry at Titchfield High School. He won a scholarship to study English literature at the University College of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica, and later did postgraduate studies at Queen's University in Ontario and the University of Manchester, where he earned a Ph.D. in 1964. He taught at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies from 1965 to 1967, then at the university's Mona campus from 1968 to 2001, eventually being appointed professor of English in 1978 and public orator in 1985. He has also held visiting appointments at the University of California, Dalhousie University, University of Hull, University of Wollongong, Flinders University, Macquarie University, University of Miami and Howard University. In 2012 he was awarded a Gold Musgrave Medal by the Institute of Jamaica. His scholarly publications include West Indian Poetry 1900-1970: A Study in Cultural Decolonisation (1971); Critics on Caribbean Literature (1978); Derek Walcott: Memory as Vision (1978), the first book-length study of Walcott's work; and an annotated edition of Walcott’s Another Life (2004), with Colbert Nepaulsingh. Chancellor, I Present (1998) collects a number of the addresses Baugh delivered as UWI's public orator on the occasion of the presentation on honorary degrees.

 


 

 

 


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