Selected Writings of Alfred H. Mendes
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Selected Writings of Alfred H. Mendes
By Alfred H. Mendes, Michèle Levy
US$ 14.99
Book Description

Alfred Hubert Mendes (1897–1991) was a member of the influential Beacon group of artists, writers and intellectuals in Trinidad in the 1930s. In common with other Beacon writers, including C.L.R. James and Ralph de Boissière, he set out to create a Trinidad-centred literature, and his extensive output of poetry, short stories, novels and journalism bears witness to his dedication to this goal.
Selected Writings is an anthology of poetry, short fiction and journalism from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s which places Mendes’s literary development in the context of his life. It is accompanied by an introduction, appendices containing early letters to Mendes from C.L.R. James, Claude McKay, and the Canadian writer Hulbert Footner, explanatory notes, and a brief glossary of Trinidadian words and phrase

Table of Contents
  • CONTENTS
  • FOREWORD
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  • INTRODUCTION
  • PUBLICATION DETAILS
  • Section 1. POEMS
    • Introduction to Section 1
    • IN THE COCOA
    • ADDRESSED TO A PORTER
    • HEAT
    • WORLD’S END
    • GOVERNMENT HOUSE BOOK
    • SOCIAL WORKER
    • WEDDING
    • LAST NIGHT I SAW ARTHUR
    • WARMONGER
    • BOY SCOUT
    • STARS
    • GOVERNOR’S GARDENS
    • TROPIC NIGHT
    • NOSTALGIA
    • L INES
    • L INES WRITTEN AT SEA FOR MONICA
    • THE MOON LAUGHS
    • CADET CORPS
  • Section 2. SHORT STORIES
    • Introduction to Section 2
    • INTROSPECTION
    • THE HEN
    • TORRID ZONE
    • A DAY OF SORROW
    • IN A RESTAURANT
    • FAUX PAS
    • NEWS
    • OVER THE TOP
    • FIVE DOLLARS’ WORTH OF FLESH
    • SCAPULAR
    • SNAPSHOTS
    • AT THE BALL
    • A LIFE
    • A LITTLE CARGO
    • GOLD BEANS
  • Section 3. JOURNALISM
    • Introduction to Section 3
    • PEN PORTRAITS OF THE POETS: CONTEMORARY POETRY
    • PEN PORTRAITS OF THE POETS: COUNTEE CULLEN
    • A COMMENTARY
    • FROM ST. LUCIA BY AIR
    • DIVORCE IS NOT A TAX
    • REVOLT!
    • FLYING INKPOTS
    • CALYPSONIANS PRAISED
    • IF CALYPSO IS FOLKSONG IT SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED
    • CARNIVAL PIECE
    • ART SOCIETY EXHIBITION RICH IN HIGH QUALITY PAINTINGS
    • ART SOCIETY’S SHOW PRODUCES FIVE PAINTERS WORTH WATCHING
    • BASSO HOLDS A PLACE WITH BEST W.I. ARTISTS
    • MASQUERADE
    • HOLDER’S CREOLE EXTRAVAGANZA
    • BERYL McBURNIE’S DANCE GROUP ARE BALLERINAS OF THE CARIBBEAN
    • BERYL McBURNIE’S “TALKING DRUMS” A CARIB CLASSIC
    • ROBESON’S INNOCENT SIMPLICITY WON HIM NUMEROUS FRIENDS
    • McBURNIE’S ART SAID HONOURED WITH STAMP OF PUBLIC APPROVAL
    • GOVERNOR, LADY SHAW AT McBURNIE SHOW FOR FIRST TIME
    • CRITIC ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT PERFORMANCE OF WHITEHALL PLAYERS
    • ART IS ABSTRACTION NOT REPRESENTATION
    • ON THE PRE-ATOMIC GENTLEMAN
    • THE MAN, HIS LAND AND HIS CULTURE
    • ALL MY SONS
  • Section 4. LETTERS
    • Introduction to Section 4
    • LETTERS OF C.L.R. JAMES TO ALFRED MENDES
    • LETTERS OF CLAUDE McKAY TO ALFRED MENDES
    • LETTERS OF HULBERT FOOTNER TO C.L.R.JAMES AND ALFRED H. MENDES
  • GLOSSARY OF TRINIDADIAN WORDS AND PHRASES
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY
  • INDEX
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