George Lamming (born 1927), is a novelist and poet. He was born in Barbados and teaches at Brown University.
Early life and education
George Lamming was born on June 8, 1927 in Carrington Village
, Barbados, of mixed African and English parentage. After his mother married his step-father, Lamming split his time between his native village and his step-father's home in St David's Village. Lamming attended Roebuck Boys' School and Combermere School
on a scholarship. Encouraged by his teacher, Frank Collymore
, Lamming found the world of books and started to write.
Before moving to England, he worked from 1946 to 1950 as a teacher at El Colegio de Venezuela, a boarding school
for boys in Port of Spain
. He then emigrated to England
where, for a short time, he worked in a factory. In 1951 he became a broadcaster for the BBC Colonial Service
. His writings were published in the Barbadian magazine Bim
, edited by his teacher Frank Collymore, and the BBC's "Caribbean Voices" series broadcast his poems and short prose.
He entered academia in 1967 as a writer-in-residence and lecturer in the Creative Arts Centre and Department of Education at the University of the West Indies. Since then, he has been a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Pennsylvania and a lecturer in Denmark, Tanzania, and Australia.
- In the Castle of My Skin (1953)
- The Emigrants (1954)
- Of Age and Innocence (1958)
- Season of Adventure (1960)
- The Pleasures of Exile (1960)
- Water with Berries (1971)
- Natives of my Person (1972).
Critical Work About Lamming
- Dalleo, Raphael. “Authority and the Occasion for Speaking in the Caribbean Literary Field: George Lamming and Martin Carter.” Small Axe 20 (June 2006): 19-39.
- Forbes, Curdella. From Nation to Diaspora: Samuel Selvon, George Lamming And the Cultural Performance of Gender. Kingston: University of West Indies Press, 2005.
- Nair, Supriya. Caliban's Curse: George Lamming and the Revisioning of History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1996.
- Pouchet Paquet, Sandra. The Novels of George Lamming. Heinemann, 1983.
- Saunders, Patricia. "The Pleasures/Privileges of Exile: Re/covering Race and Sexuality in The Pleasures of Exile and Water With Berries. Alien-Nation and Repatriation: Translating Identity in Anglophone Caribbean Literature. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2007.
- Joseph, Margaret Paul. "Caliban in Exile: The Outsider in Caribbean Fiction." Greenwood, CT. 1992.