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Biographical Sketch Samuel Selvon author of novels plays film television and radio was born in 1923 in South Trinidad to an Indian father and an IndianScottish mother He grew up in Trinidads multi-racial society and graduated from San Fernandos Naparima College in 1938 Selvon began writing fiction and poetry while he served in the Royal Navy Reserve during World War II After the war he began his literary career as the fiction editor of the TRINITY GUARDIANS literary magazine until he immigrated to England in 1950 In London his short stories and poetry were published in various journals and newspapers including LONDON MAGAZINE NEW STATESMAN and THE NATION His first novel A BRIGHTER SUN was published by Wingate Press in 1952 and since then he has published several other novels including THE LONELY LONDONERS 1956 I HEAR THUNDER 1963 THE PLAINS OF CARONI 1970 MOSES ASCENDING 1975 and EL DORADO WEST ONE 1988 Selvons works chronicle the West Indian experience in England with recurring themes of alienation discrimination and racial tension Selvon has also had success with his writings for other media He worked extensively with the British Broadcasting Corporation during the 1960s and 1970s to produce two television scripts ANANSI THE SPIDER MAN and HOME SWEET INDIA numerous radio programs and a film version of THE LONELY LONDONERS In addition to these accomplishments Selvon has held a series of university appointments in the Caribbean Great Britain and North America He has also received numerous awards including two Guggenheim Fellowships 1955 1968 Trinidads Humming Bird Medal for Literature 1969 and an honorary doctorate from the University of Warwick 1989 Selvon married Draupadi Persuad in 1947 with whom he has one child and Althea Nesta Daroux in 1963 with whom he has three children He moved to Canada where he currently resides in 1978 Scope and Contents The Samuel Selvon Papers consist of original holograph manuscripts original and
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