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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 I (1931–1939)

London I (1931–1939)

(p.263) 8 London I (1931–1939)
Eric Walrond

James Davis

Columbia University Press

This chapter recounts Walrond's more “reclusive” period as he resided in London, albeit not without struggle. The challenge West Indian authors faced in England in the early 1930s were formidable, and Walrond's difficulty was not unique. Publishing opportunities were few and far between until the 1950s, and periodicals treated West Indian authors, particularly those quarreling with imperialism, with circumspection. Yet London was a critical site, as writers arrived during upheaval in the colonies and emerging fascism in Europe. The real cultural action in 1930s England was in journalism, fostering independence activity and galvanizing Pan-Africanism. Walrond's supposed decline is belied by his contribution to this achievement in twentieth-century black letters, and his disappointments are as vital to understanding this achievement as are the triumphs of others.

Keywords:   1930s, London, England, publishing, journalism, Pan-Africanism, fascism, Europe

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