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The Portuguese creole author Alfred H. Mendes (1897-1991) was the most important member of the Beacon Group of writers in Trinidad in the 1930s, along with C. L. R. James and Ralph de Boissiere. He is well known as a writer of short stories and for two novels, Pitch Lake and Black Fauns, and was made an honorary D. Litt. by the University of the West Indies in 1972 for his ...more
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Published April 1st 2002 by University of the West Indies Press
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"Consider the fact that up to publication of our magazine Trinidad in 1929 and the two novels, Minty Alley by C.L.R. James, and Pitch Lake by myself in London, there was nothing that could be termed indigenous to the region ... We, not of set purpose but quite unconsciously, created a West Indian literary climate which eased the way for young men in the future who possessed the urge to write. They were the ones who created the literary tradition: Naipaul, Lamming, Selvon, Mittelholzer, of the ...more
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