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Eric WalrondA Life in the Harlem Renaissance and the Transatlantic Caribbean$
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James Davis

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157841

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157841.001.0001

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London II (1957–1966)

London II (1957–1966)

(p.337) 11 London II (1957–1966)
Eric Walrond

James Davis

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses Walrond's final years, which were spent in a London radically changed after World War II. He made the acquaintance of Erica Marx, who needed help with a “Negro poetry” performance she wished to stage in London, the first event of its kind in England. The project rekindled his sense of involvement at the leading edge of a black cultural initiative, even as it faced difficulties in this new London—one in which race relations seemed to have declined over the years. More notable during the latter years of his life was the possibility of a reprint of his short story collection, Tropic Death, published with a new dedication for his three daughters. He would never live to see it in print, but one could not help but think that the prospect of its reissue was a kind of vindication.

Keywords:   London, Negro poetry, Erica Marx, Tropic Death, short story collection, black culture, race relations

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