Earl Lovelace

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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 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

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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 15 July 2024.]

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