Samuel Dickson Selvon

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  • Lewis MacLeod (Trent University)

Samuel Dickson Selvon was born in San Fernando, Trinidad in 1923 to an Indian father and a half-Indian mother. He attended Naparimo College in his early teenage years and served as a wireless operator for the Royal Naval Reserve during WWII. After the war, he worked for five years as a journalist for the Trinidad Guardian. Spurred by the depressed economic situation in Trinidad, Selvon moved to London in 1950, where he launched his literary career, publishing five novels between 1952 and 1958. In 1978, he moved to Calgary, Alberta, but he was never fully integrated into any clear notion of Canadian Literature. Preparing to return to Canada after an illness, he died in Trinidad in 1994.

Selvon wrote eleven full-length works …

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MacLeod, Lewis. "Samuel Dickson Selvon". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 September 2011
[, accessed 01 October 2016.]

Articles on Selvon's works

  1. Lonely Londoners

Related Groups

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