SELECTED CONTENTS: 1900-29 Introduction Prose and Poetry: C.L.R. James 'Triumph'; H.G. De Lisser 'Jane's Career'; A.R. Webber 'Those That Be in Bondage - a tale of Indian Indentures and Sunlit Western Waters'; Claude McKay 'My Native Land My Home', 'A Midnight Woman To The Bobby', 'In Bondage' and 'Flame-Heart'; Tropica 'Nana' and 'Busha's Song'; Tom Redcam 'O, Little Green Island Far Over the Sea'; JEC McFarlane 'The Fleet of the Empire'; P.M. Sherlock, 'Pocomania' 1930-49 Introduction Prose and Poetry: Una Marson 'In Vain', 'If', 'Quashie Comes to London', 'Cinema Eyes', 'Nigger'; George Campbell 'Holy', 'Oh! You Build a House'; Louise Bennett 'Jamaica Oman', 'Bedtime Story', 'Proverbs'; Roger Mais 'Listen, The Wind'; Vera Bell 'Ancestor on the Auction Block'; Mighty Sparrow 'Dan is the Man' Non-fictional Texts: C.L.R. James 'Discovering Literature in Trinidad: the Nineteen Thirties'; Alison Donnell 'Contradictory (W)omens? Gender Consciousness in the Poetry of Una Marson'; Mervyn Morris 'On Reading Louse Bennett Seriously'; V.S. Reid 'The Cultural Revolution in Jamaica After 1938'; Roger Mais 'Where the Roots Lie' 1950-1965 Introduction Prose and Poetry: Martin Carter 'The University of Hunger', 'I Come From The Nigger Yard'; Samuel Selvon 'Waiting for Aunty to Cough'; Jean Rhys 'The Day They Burnt the Books'; Elma Napier 'Carnival in Martinique' Non-Fictional Texts: George Lamming 'The Occasion for Speaking'; Sarah Lawson Welsh 'New Wine in New Bottles: The Reception of West Indian Writing in Britain in the 1950s and Early 1960s'; Evelyn O'Callaghan 'The Outsider's Voice: White Creole Women Novelists in the Caribbean Literary Tradition' 1966-1979 Introduction Non-Fictional Texts: Sylvia Wynter 'We Must Learn to Sit Down and Discuss a Little Culture'; Derek Walcott 'The Muse of History' Gordon Rohlehr 'Afterthoughts'; Kamau Brathwaite 'Jazz and the West Indian Novel I, II & III'; Rajkumari Singh 'I Am a Coolie'; 1980-1989 Introduction Prose and Poetry: Jamaica Kincaid 'Columbus in Chains'; Lorna Goodison 'Guyana Lovesong', 'For My Mother (May I Inherit Half Her Strength', 'I Am Becoming My Mother'; Linton Kwesi Johnson 'Street 66', 'Reggae fi Dadda'; Mikey Smith 'Black and White'; Hary Narain 'A Letter to the Prime Minister' The 1990s Introduction Prose and Poetry: 1. Jean Binta Breeze 'Testament'; Benjamin Zephaniah 'A Modern Slave Song'; Mutabaruka 'Dis Poem'; David Dabydeen 'The Counting House'; Lawrence Scott 'Mercy' Non-Fictional Texts: Derek Walcott 'The Antilles: Fragments of an Epic Memory'; Sylvia Wynter 'Beyond Miranda's Meanings: Un/silencing the "Demonic Ground" of Caliban's "Woman"'; Carolyn Cooper 'Writing Oral History'; Merle Hodge 'Challenges of the Struggle of Sovereignty'; Jean Binta Breeze 'Can A Dub Poet Be a Woman'
"[P]rovides a superb introduction to the region's colorful literature...."The Reader provides sound examination and historical and cultural perspectives through the writings of such legends as C.L.R. James, Derek Walcott and Jean Rhys. It also includes some contemporary writings from such writers as Jamaica Kincaid, John Vidal and Merle Hodge." "This is an excellent collection of 20th century works of poetry, short prose, and nonfiction from Anglophone and Creole Caribbean (West Indian) literature. The editors have achieved their goal of presenting selections less readily available, provising a representative sample of both famous and less-well-known authors." -"Choice, January 1997