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Earl Lovelace

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Name  Earl Lovelace

Role  Novelist
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Education  Johns Hopkins University (1974), Howard University
Awards  Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, Latin America & Caribbean
Nominations  International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Books  The Dragon Can't Dan, The Wine of Astonishment, Is Just a Movie, The Schoolmaster, Salt

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Earl Lovelace (born 13 July 1935) is an award-winning Trinidadian novelist, journalist, playwright, and short story writer. He is particularly recognized for his descriptive, dramatic fiction on Trinidadian culture: "Using Trinidadian dialect patterns and standard English, he probes the paradoxes often inherent in social change as well as the clash between rural and urban cultures." As Bernardine Evaristo notes, "Lovelace is unusual among celebrated Caribbean writers in that he has always lived in Trinidad. Most writers leave to find support for their literary endeavours elsewhere and this, arguably, shapes the literature, especially after long periods of exile. But Lovelace's fiction is deeply embedded in Trinidadian society and is written from the perspective of one whose ties to his homeland have never been broken."


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Born in Toco, Trinidad and Tobago, Earl Lovelace was sent to live with his grandparents in Tobago at a very young age, but rejoined his family in Toco when he was 11 years old. His family later moved to Belmont, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, and then Morvant. Lovelace attended Scarborough Methodist Primary School, Scarborough, Tobago (1940–47), Nelson Street Boys, R.C., Port of Spain (1948), and Ideal High School, Port of Spain (1948–53, where he sat the Cambridge School Certificate).

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He worked at the Trinidad Guardian as a proofreader from 1953 to 1954, and then for the Department of Forestry (1954–56) and the Ministry of Agriculture (1956–66). He began writing while stationed in the village of Valencia as a forest ranger.

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In 1962 his first novel, While Gods Are Falling, won the Trinidad and Tobago Independence literary competition sponsored by British Petroleum (BP).

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From 1966 to 1967, Lovelace studied at Howard University, Washington, DC, and in 1974 he received an MA in English from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, where he was also Visiting Novelist.

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He taught at Federal City College (now University of the District of Columbia), Washington, DC (1971–73), and from 1977 to 1987 he lectured in literature and creative writing at the University of the West Indies at St Augustine. Winning a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1980, he spent the year as a visiting writer at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

He was appointed Writer-in-Residence in England by the London Arts Board (1995–96), a visiting lecturer in the Africana Studies Department at Wellesley College, Massachusetts (1996–97), and was Distinguished Novelist in the Department of English at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington (1999–2004).

Lovelace was Trinidad and Tobago's artistic director for Carifesta, held in the country in 1992, 1995 and 2006.

He is a columnist for the Trinidad Express, and has contributed to a number of periodicals, including Voices, South, and Wasafiri. Based in Trinidad, while teaching and touring various countries, he was appointed to the Board of Governors of the University of Trinidad and Tobago in 2005, the year his 70th birthday was honoured with a conference and celebrations at the University of the West Indies. He is the president of the Association of Caribbean Writers.

Lovelace is the subject of a 2014 documentary film by Funso Aiyejina entitled A Writer In His Place.

In July 2015, to mark his 80th birthday, Lovelace was honoured by the NGC Bocas Lit Fest with celebrations in Tobago, including film screenings.


When Lovelace's first novel, While Gods Are Falling, was published in 1965, C. L. R. James hailed "a new type of writer, a new type of prose, a different type of work". Lovelace went on to publish five further novels, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize-winning Salt (1996) and, most recently, Is Just a Movie, winner of the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. In 1986, he published the novel The Wine of Astonishment, which deals with the struggle of a Spiritual Baptist community, from the passing of the prohibition ordinance until the ban. He has also written plays, short stories, essays, and a children's book.


His artist son Che Lovelace illustrated the jacket of the 1997 US edition of his novel Salt. Earl Lovelace has collaborated with his filmmaker daughter Asha Lovelace on projects including writing the 2004 feature film Joebell and America, based on his short story of the same title.

Awards and recognition

  • 1963, British Petroleum Independence Award, 1963, for While Gods Are Falling.
  • 1966, Pegasus Literary Award, for outstanding contributions to the arts in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • 1977, awards for best play and best music for Pierrot Ginnard.
  • 1980, Guggenheim fellowship.
  • 1985, Jestina’s Calypso voted the most original play at the Trinidad & Tobago Drama Festival.
  • 1986, National Endowment for the Humanities grant.
  • 1988, Chaconia Medal (Gold) from the government of Trinidad & Tobago.
  • 1997, Best Book, Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Overall Winner, Best Book), 1997, for Salt.
  • 1998, Shortlist, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for Salt.
  • 2002, Honorary Doctorate of Letters from University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago, 2002.
  • 2011, Grand Prize for Caribbean Literature, from Regional Council of Guadeloupe, for Is Just a Movie.
  • 2012, OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for Is Just a Movie (winner of Fiction category and overall winner).
  • 2012, Caribbean-Canadian Literary Award.
  • 2012, Lifetime Literary Award from the National Library and Information System (Nalis), Trinidad.
  • Novels

  • While Gods Are Falling, London: Collins, 1965; Chicago, Illinois: Regnery, 1966.
  • The Schoolmaster, London: Collins, 1968.
  • The Dragon Can't Dance, London: André Deutsch, 1979. Faber & Faber, 1998
  • The Wine of Astonishment, Oxford: Heinemann Educational Books, Caribbean Writers Series (1983); 2010 edition includes CSEC-specific study notes. ISBN 978-0-435-03340-8
  • Salt (winner of 1997 Commonwealth Writers' Prize; International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award shortlist 1998), London: Faber & Faber, 1996; New York: Persea Books, 1997.
  • Is Just a Movie (winner of 2012 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature), London: Faber & Faber, January 2011. ISBN 0-571-25567-1.
  • Short-story collection

  • A Brief Conversion and Other Stories, Oxford: Heinemann, 1988.
  • Play collection

  • Jestina's Calypso and Other Plays, Oxford: Heinemann, 1984.
  • Essay collection

  • Growing in the Dark. Selected Essays (ed. Funso Aiyejina; San Juan, Trinidad: Lexicon Trinidad, 2003).
  • Plays and musicals

  • The New Boss, 1962.
  • My Name Is Village, produced in Port of Spain, Trinidad, at Queen's Hall, 1976.
  • Pierrot Ginnard (musical drama), produced in Port of Spain, Trinidad, at Queen's Hall, 1977.
  • Jestina's Calypso, produced in St Augustine, Trinidad, at the University of the West Indies, 1978.
  • The Wine of Astonishment (adapted from his novel), performed in Port of Spain, Trinidad; Barbados, 1987.
  • The New Hardware Store, produced at University of the West Indies, 1980. Produced in London, England, by Talawa Theatre Company, at the Arts Theatre, 1987.
  • The Dragon Can't Dance (adapted from his novel), produced in Port of Spain, Trinidad, at Queen's Hall, 1986. Published in Black Plays: 2, ed. Yvonne Brewster, London: Methuen, 1989. Produced in London at Theatre Royal Stratford East, by Talawa Theatre Company, with music by Andre Tanker, 29 June - 4 August 1990.
  • The Reign of Anancy, performed in Port of Spain, Trinidad, 1989.
  • Joebell and America, produced in Lupinot Village, Trinidad, 1999.
  • Other

  • Crawfie the Crapaud (for children), Longman, 1998.
  • George and the Bicycle Pump (also known as Jorge y la bomba; 2000, film directed by Asha Lovelace, based on Earl Lovelace short story in A Brief Conversion And Other Stories)
  • Joebell and America (film, co-written with and directed by Asha Lovelace; Trinidad: Caribbean Communications Network, premiered TV6, Trinidad, 2004).
  • References

    Earl Lovelace Wikipedia

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