Earl Lovelace

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Life and Work

Earl Lovelace is a novelist, playwright, short story writer, essayist and journalist. A champion of the Black Power movement and the importance of “folk” culture, Lovelace is the best known and most admired chronicler of post-independence Trinidad and Tobago. His novel The Dragon Can’t Dance (1979) is celebrated for its development of Creole aesthetics based on the local arts of Carnival and calypso and his novel, Salt (1996), won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for best book in 1997.

Earl Lovelace was born in Toco, in the North East corner of Trinidad, in 1935. From the age of three he went to live with his maternal grandparents in Tobago and attended Scarborough Methodist Primary School.…

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Murray, Patricia. "Earl Lovelace". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 April 2011
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