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These bibliographies have been compiled by George Parfitt who was born in Trinidad but has lived in England since 1954 and was educated at the University of Bristol. He spent most of his working life as Lecturer and, later, Reader in English Literature at the University of Nottingham. He is a published poet and has also published on seventeenth-century literature and on First World War poetry and fiction. He says of these West Indian Bibliographies…
“The volume of creative writing in English by Caribbean authors has greatly increased in recent decades, but I realised several years ago that no adequate bibliographies existed for fiction, poetry or drama. Useful bibliographies do exist but mainly for separate units of the Caribbean and some are highly selective. I am trying to improve the situation with separate bibliographies for the three genres mentioned (up to 2005)., each organised by author while arranging the material so that searches by, for example, date or territory can be done easily. The fiction bibliography is the most advanced – with around 900 entries – while there is more work to be done for poetry – which also has around 900 entries to date – while the drama bibliography is the least developed currently.
“I hope that these documents, which are still being updated, will help to make the scope, variety and quality of Caribbean writing in English more widely known.”
These bibliographies are accessible individually as follows:
West Indies Fiction: a bibliography in progress
A bibliography of fiction in English by West Indian writers, from the earliest works to 2005. More than 850 individual titles are listed, along with authors’ names, birthplace and publication details.
West Indies Poetry: a bibliography in progress
A bibliography of poetry in English by West Indian writers to 2005. More than 950 titles currently listed.