George Lamming

(b. 1927)

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(1927– ),

novelist and poet, born in Barbados. His first novel, In the Castle of My Skin (1953), is the story of a boy's adolescence in a small peasant village in Barbados, and of his growing awareness of the colonial situation. The Emigrants (1954) describes the voyage to and arrival in Britain of a group of West Indians. Of Age and Innocence (1958) and Season of Adventure (1960) are more optimistic and set on the imaginary island of San Cristobal. Other works include Water with Berries (1971) and Natives of my Person (1972). Thiong'o commented (Homecomings, 1972) that Lamming's novels are dominated by the theme of ‘exile as a universal experience’.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).

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