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"Winds Can Wake Up the Dead"

An Eric Walrond Reader

Edited by Louis J. Parascandola

African American Studies, African Diaspora, Biography, Literary Criticism and Theory, Race and Ethnicity

African American Life Series

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Paperback
Published: December 1998
ISBN: 9780814327098
Pages: 352 Size: 6x9
Review

This generous sampling of his essays and short fiction should do much to restore the attention and respect that he deserves.

— Robert Bone

Eric Walrond (1898-1966), a significant figure in the Harlem Renaissance and New Negro Movement, is a seminal writer of Black diasporic life, but much of his work is not readily available. This new anthology brings together a broad sampling of Walrond's writings, including not only selections from his celebrated Tropic Death (1926) but also other stories, essays, and reviews. Louis J. Parascandola's introduction to the collection provides the most complete description to date of Walrond's life and work. It brings together previously undocumented biographical information that situates him in the context of his times, and it offers both an overview and a renewed appreciation of his writings. This book restores Walrond to his proper place in the history of African American and Caribbean literature and is an essential reader for students of Black culture.

Louis J. Parascandola is an associate professor of English at Long Island University.

Eric Walrond, whose book of stories Tropic Death was a highlight of the Harlem Renaissance, has been all but invisible in histories and commentaries of the last few decades. This generous sampling of his essays and short fiction should do much to restore the attention and respect that he deserves.

– Robert Bone, professor emeritus, Columbia Teachers College