George Lamming

(2470 words)
  • Wendy Knepper (Brunel University London)

George Lamming has lived through, witnessed, and represented the multi-faceted transition from colonisation to independence in the Caribbean. His work reflects various aspects of this experience, including accounts of the long history of the cross-cultural Caribbean experience, labour unrest, exile and migration, struggles for independence, the malaise of the postcolonial era, and the rise of globalisation.

Born June 8, 1927 in Carrington Village, Barbados, Lamming grew up in his native village as well as in St David’s Village, where his stepfather worked. He attended Roebuck Boys’ School from which he won a scholarship to attend Combermere High School. Encouraged by his teacher, Frank Collymore, editor of the Barbadian …

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Knepper, Wendy. "George Lamming". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 April 2011
[, accessed 28 September 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. Postcolonial literature - Britain, The Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand