By (author) David Dabydeen
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Turner by David Dabydeen
Book DescriptionDavid Dabydeen's 'Turner' is a long narrative poem written in response to J.M.W. Turner's celebrated painting Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead & Dying. Dabydeen's poem focuses on what is hidden in Turner's painting, the submerged head of the drowning African. In inventing a biography and the drowned man's unspoken desires, including the resisted temptation to fabricate an idyllic past, the poem brings into confrontation the wish for renewal and the inescapable stains of history, including the meaning of Turner's painting. 'Turner' was first published in 1994. In addition to 'Turner', this collection includes selections from two earlier books: Slave Song (1984) and Coolie Odyssey (1988).
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781900715683
(206mm x 136mm x 8mm)
Imprint: Peepal Tree Press Ltd
Publisher: Peepal Tree Press Ltd
Publish Date: 25-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Oxford Companion to Black British History, Hardback (March 2007)
Presents a collection of articles which provides an overview of the black presence in Britain, and the diverse contribution made to British society. This book is useful for anyone who wants to understand the history of black people in the British Isles.
Intended, Paperback (December 2005)» View all books by David Dabydeen
Talks about the narrator, who is twelve when he leaves his village in Guyana to come to England, where he is abandoned by his father into social care, but later wins a scholarship to Oxford. Featuring the narrator's Guyanese childhood and youth in working-class Balham, this novel explores the cost to his personality of losing that past.
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Author Biography - David Dabydeen
David Dabydeen was born in Guyana. He is Professor at the Centre for Caribbean Studies at Warwick University. He has published two previous books of poetry, Slave Song (1984), which was awarded the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, and Coolie Odyssey (1988), which was shortlisted for the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. His novels include The Intended (1991), Disappearance (1993), The Counting House (1996) and A Harlot's Progress (1999).
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