(1930–), Jamaican teacher and writer born in Kendal, Jamaica, and resident since the 1950s in Canada. Many of Cyril Everard Palmer's stories are inspired by memories of his village childhood and exhibit humor, strong characterization, and vibrant dialogue. It was only after independence in the 1960s that children's literature other than folk tales began to emerge in the Caribbean, and Palmer's earliest contributions were The Cloud with the Silver Lining (1966), Big Doc Bitteroot (1968), The Sun Salutes You (1970), and A Cow Called Boy (1972). He incorporates traditional character types in his texts; in The Wooing of Beppo Tate (1972), which depicts a typical postemancipation rural settlement, his major protagonist, Teppy, the affable trickster, shows the influence of oral and traditional folk tale: like Anancy, Teppy is a survivor and a human parasite. Full Circle: The Rami Johnson Story (2003) continues the story begun in his excellent novel for young adults, My Father, Sun-Sun Johnson (1974).
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature in Oxford Reference.