Earl Lovelace

Download PDF Add to Bookshelf Report an Error

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.…

1923 words

Citation: Murray, Patricia. "Earl Lovelace". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 April 2011 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=2796, accessed 26 September 2023.]

2796 Earl Lovelace 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here

Leave Feedback

The Literary Encyclopedia is a living community of scholars. We welcome comments which will help us improve.