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A Swarthy Boy

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An autobiography of Edgar Mittelholzer years growing up in colonial British Guiana as a mixed-race boy in a colour-conscious home. Set against the backdrop of early 20th century Guyana, this book focuses on the genetic, psychological and social implications of skin colour and miscegenation, a concern which is also at the heart of much of Mittelholzer's work.
Hardcover, 157 pages
Published 1963 by Putnam
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Daniel Gamboa
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is it about Edgar Mittelholzer's books that I find spellbinding? I cannot really tell. Perhaps, it is his depiction of a world long gone; a world that only exists in the memory of our forebears and in books like this autobiography.

I am not a fan of reading non fiction books for entertainment, but what drove me to make the exception with this one? The fact that it was written by Edgar Mittelholzer himself. "A Swarthy Boy" is not only a book about his experiences as a boy; it is also a book
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Edgar Mittelholzer is considered the first West Indian novelist, i.e. even though there were writers who wrote about Caribbean themes before him, he was the first to make a successful professional life out of it. Born in Guyana (then British Guiana) of Afro-European heritage, he began writing in 1929 and self-published his first book, Creole Chips, in 1937.

Mittelholzer left Guyana for Trinidad in
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