Fred D’Aguiar was born in London in 1960 and raised in Guyana, returning to Britain when he was twelve. Upon leaving school, he worked for three years as a psychiatric nurse before studying English Literature at the University of Kent. D’Aguiar now resides in the United States, where he is Professor of English and Gloria D. Smith Professor of Africana Studies at Virginia Tech State University. His earliest works were poetry, including the collections

Mama Dot

(1985),

Airy Hall

(1989),

British Subjects

(1993) and

Continental Shelf

(2009), and the long poems

Bill of Rights

(1998) and

Bloodlines

(2000). D’Aguiar’s poetry, which oscillates between the Guyana of his youth and the bleak Britain of the late twentieth century, has received the Malcolm X, T. S. Eliot and Guyana Poetry…

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Citation: Ward, Abigail. "Fred D'Aguiar". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 September 2011 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=1103, accessed 18 July 2024.]

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