On behalf of the Mittelholzer family and for my own research purposes I am looking to acquire anything regarding Edgar Mittelholzer and older books about Guyana. Please feel free to email me at email@example.com
Illustrious Exile: Journal of my Sojourn in the West Indies by Robert Burns, Esq. Commenced on the first day of July 1786
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In 1786, the Scottish poet Robert Burns, penniless and needing to escape the consequences of his complicated love life, accepted the position of book-keeper on an estate in Jamaica. The success of his Poems chiefly in the Scottish Dialect made this escape unnecessary. Thus far is historical fact. In Andrew Lindsayâs novel, Burns indeed goes to Jamaica and then to the Dutch colony of Demerara where, into the world of sugar and slavery, he brought his propensity for falling in love, his humanity and his urge to write poetry. In 1997 a small mahogany chest is found in a Wai Wai Amerindian village in Guyana. It contains Burnsâ journal from 1786 to 1796, when he died.
Andrew Lindsayâs novel is a work of imaginative invention, poetic description and meticulous historical reconstruction. As a fellow Scot who has settled in Guyana, Lindsay brings an incomerâs fresh eye to the Caribbean landscape and imaginative insights into how Burns as a man of his times might have responded to slavery. Not least, Illustrious Exile contains some brilliant versions of Burnsâ poems, as written in the Caribbean.
About the Author
Andrew O. Lindsay was born in Scotland in 1946. He studied English at the University of St Andrews where he gained the degrees of MA and B.Phil. He spent his professional career at Madras College, St Andrews, much of the time as Principal Teacher of English. He was able to take early retirement in 2003, a move that allowed him to devote himself to writing full-time.
Andrew has always had a strong interest in the life and works of Robert Burns, and is a past president of St Andrews Burns Club, one of the oldest in Scotland. His partner Eve is a daughter of the late Denis Williams, the distinguished Guyanese archaeologist, author and artist, and Andrew now regards Guyana as his second home. The more he grew aware of the history of the once great Demerara sugar plantations, the more he became intrigued by Burnsâ virtual silence on the subject of the slave trade, particularly since the poet had seriously contemplated emigrating to the West Indies. The result was Illustrious Exile(2006).
He is a past winner of the Sloan Prize for Scots writing with a short story The Ken-Sign, which remains unpublished. He is currently gathering materials for a collection of short stories based on the varied experiences of âreturneesâ in Guyana. As a Scot in Guyana his own experiences raise issues of identity that he is exploring further in poetry and prose. (Courtesy of Peepal Tree Press)
Marie-Elena John is a former Africa development specialist. She and her husband and two children divide their time between Washington, D.C., and Antigua. This is her first novel. (Courtesy of HarperCollins)
Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley
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Coinciding with the 25th Anniversary of Bob Marley's Death (May 11, 1981) NEW BOOK FROM AMISTAD/HARPERCOLLINS ISBN: 0060539917; On Sale: 05/02/2006; Format: Hardcover; Pages: 224; Bob Marley was a reggae superstar, a musical prophet who brought the sound of the Third World to the entire globe. Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley goes beyond the myth of Marley to bring you the private side of a man few people ever really knew. Drawing from original interviews with the people closest to Marley -- including his widow, Rita, his mother, Cedella, his bandmate and childhood friend Bunny Wailer, his producer Chris Blackwell, and many others -- Legend paints an entirely fresh picture of one of the most enduring musical artists of our times. This is a portrait of the artist as a young man, from his birth in the tiny town of Nine Miles in the hills of Jamaica to the making of his debut international record, Catch a Fire. We see Marley on the tough streets of Trench Town before he found stardom, struggling to find his way in music, in love, and in life, and we take the wild ride with him to worldwide acceptance and adoration. From acclaimed journalist Christopher John Farley, the author of the bestselling biography of Aaliyah and the reporter who broke the story on Dave Chappelle's retreat to South Africa, Before the Legend is bursting with fresh insights into Marley and Jamaica, and is the definitive story of Marley's early days.
About the Author
Christopher John Farley was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and raised in Brockport, New York. He is a graduate of Harvard University and a former editor of the Harvard Lampoon. He is the author of the bestselling biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman and the novels My Favorite War and Kingston by Starlight. He is also the coauthor of Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues. He has worked as an editor and pop-music critic at Time magazine and is currently an editor at the Wall Street Journal.
Muscular Learning: Cricket and Education in the Making of the British West Indies at the End of the 19th Century
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This study is a major contributopn to the debate on cricket and society in the West Indies. This book was written with passion and imagination and inspired by CLR James's masterpiece Beyond a Boundary. The book explores the role of theat quintessential imperial game-cricket and education in the shaping of identity in the former British West Indies from the latter years of slavery to 1900.
About the Author
Clem Seecharan is a Professor of Caribbean History and Head of Caribbean Studies at London Metropolitan University. He is the authour of the 2005 Elsa Goveia Prize winner Sweetening Bitter Sugar: Jock Campbell the Booker reformer in British Guiana 1934-1966.
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This may be the smallest fort ever constructed by the Dutch overseas. Kyk-Over-Al: the historic name of a small island, about 1.5 acres in size, is located at the junction of the Mazaruni and Cuyuni Rivers.
In the late 16th century, Europeans began to trade in the West Indies for salt, which was at that time a `luxuryâ in Europe. European trade goods were exchanged for indigenous products such as annatto, which was used as a dye in Europe.
However, the trade was not economically viable as the quantities of items supplied by the indigenous peoples were insufficient. Thus depots were built to collect and store produce until the arrival of the ships. Two depots, one at Nibie, a small village on the Abary Creek, and one on the Pomeroon River, were established for his purpose.
The latter was soon removed during the early part of the 17th century to a small island at the junction of the three rivers, Essequibo, Cuyuni and Mazaruni. A small fort armed with a few guns was constructed. It was named Fort Ter Hoogen in honour of an influential Dutchman. However, this appellation soon gave way to the descriptive name Kyk-Over-Al (See Over All).
The British governed the island in 1666 for a short period. However, it was recaptured and fortified by the Dutch. Activities reached a peak in 1670, when a great deal of trading was done with the local tribes.
By 1716, the island became overcrowded and this resulted in the decision to construct a new house for the Commadeur at Cartabo Point. Dutch administration was relocated to Fort Island, closer to the mouth of Essequibo River. In 1748, most of the buildings were demolished and the materials were used to construct a sugar mill at Plantation Duyenenburg, which was located along the Essequibo River.
During the boundary dispute of 1897 between Venezuela and the British Guiana, excavations of the foundations of the remaining ruins and the bricks of the lower course were undertaken to clarify the builders of the fort. The samples taken were analysed in England. These examinations revealed that the bricks used in the construction of the fort were of Dutch origin. This knowledge was used to substantiate the claim that the British had inherited territories formerly occupied by the Dutch.
In June 1910, the island was thoroughly cleared of its undergrowth by an order of Governor Sir Frederick Hodgson. Many parts of the fort, including the stone ramparts and brick pavements complete with relics of Dutch occupation such as canon balls, glass bottles and several clay tobacco pipes were unearthed.
The ruins revealed that the ground floor was used as a storehouse for food and goods received from the indigenous and a magazine. There were three rooms on the top floor - one for the soldiers, one for the Commandeur and the other for the Secretary of the colony of Essequibo.
Today, all that remains of the fort is a brick arch.
On July 20, 1999, the island was declared a National monument. This site is maintained and managed by the National Trust of Guyana.
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Isabel Adonis,Elizabeth Alleyne,Caz,CleanSlate,Cyril Dabydeen,David Dabydeen,Hope McMillian,Michaela V. McRae,Pertamber Persaud,Jeremy Poynting,Guoyan Rampersaud,James C. Richmond,Zaira Simone,Kamanie Singh,Jacqueline Ward,Wyc Williams
Extraordinary Industry in Balkaran’s Guyanese Guide
Lal Balkaran, Ed., Bibliography of Guyana and Guyanese Writers, 1596-2004 Toronto, LBA Publications, 2004.
A review by Frank Birbalsingh
As its cover announces, Lal Balkaran’s new volume is: An A-Z Guide of Books on Guyana by Guyanese and Non-Guyanese Writers and on Other Subjects by Guyanese Writers. The description "A-Z Guide" means that each book is listed alphabetically, like a dictionary, according to the name of its author; and as Mr. Balkaran also announces on his cover, his Bibliography lists altogether 820 authors and 1300 titles. These enthusiastic announcements suggest that Mr. Balkaran’s book is a bold and exciting venture, pioneering in spirit, which seeks, for the first time, to compile a comprehensive list of publications about Guyana or by Guyanese. Such a venture raises intriguing questions of classification if not of quality: what is Guyanese literature – books written by native Guyanese, or about Guyana, or both? Happily, Mr. Balkaran’s answer to this question, implied by his selection of books, is catholic and entirely wholesome: any writing about Guyana (by anyone) or by a native Guyanese (about any subject) is Guyanese literature.
The earliest title in the volume is the first book written on Guyana – by Sir Walter Ralegh – its full title being: The Discoverie of the Large, Rich, and Beauwtiful Empyre of Guiana (With a Relation of the Great and Golden Citie of Manoa (Which the Spanyards call El Dorado) and of the Provinces of Emeria, Aromaia, Amapaia, and Other Countries, with Their Riulers, Adjoyning (Robert Robinson: London, 1596). For the next three and a half centuries, Guyanese literature continued to be written by foreigners like Ralegh, and these (mainly British) authors are well represented in Mr. Balkaran’s Bibliography, for example, Sir Robert Schomburgh, the geographer, J.A. Rodway, the historian and novelist, Walter Roth and his son Vincent, historians and naturalists, and Rev. William Henry Brett, whose collection of aboriginal oral literature is of priceless value today.
By the 1950s, however, native-born Guyanese writers had begun to assert themselves, of whom the first major figure was Edgar Mittelholzer. Mittelholzer was followed, during the next three decades, by other Guyanese-born writers such as Jan Carew, Martin Carter, A.J. Seymour, and Wilson Harris, and, in turn, they were succeeded by a new generation of writers from the 1980s onward, for instance, Beryl Gilroy, John Agard, Cyril Dabydeen, David Dabydeen, Fred D’Aguiar, and many others. Most of these authors are prolific, their many publications being well known, both in Guyana and abroad. One expects to see their names in a book like Mr. Balkaran’s. What is an unexpected pleasure is the inclusion of authors who may be equally prolific, but are almost unknown largely because their books are self published and have appeared only in Guyana, for example, N.E. Cameron who wrote on almost every topic from history and mathematics to politics, and Sheik Sadeek whose stories provide a colorful and lyrical evocation of the rural, Guyanese landscape. All this confirms Mr.
Balkaran’s extraordinary industry since he had to roam far and wide, among catalogues and indexes, in search of information for his Bibliography. More impressive evidence of his industry is his uncanny success in finding self-published volumes by contemporary authors who are still unknown, for example Joseph S. Persaud’s Across Three Continents: An Indo-Guyanese Family Experience, and Ann Wishart-Eudoxie’s A Guyanese Story – Steps in my Journey. This kind of research calls for boldness and originality, but these very qualities spell risk in being unable to spread the net wide enough to catch everything. In his Introduction Mr. Balkaran is aware of this risk when he states that his Bibliography is not exhaustive, and will be enlarged as more titles are discovered. One missing title is a collection of stories as follows: Derrick "John" Jeffrey, Demerara, New York, Seawall Press, 1992. Recent titles like this, either self published or published by small presses, can be very slippery. It is surprising though, that Mr. Balkaran misses several books by M. Shahabuddeen, most notably his From Plantocracy to Nationalisation, which appeared in 1983 and was printed in Guyana. This is all the more surprising because Mr. Balkaran accurately records the publications of S.S. Ramphal, Shahabuddeen’s partner in the crime of drawing up the Constitution that finally destroyed democracy in Burnham’s Guyana. At any rate, the editor acknowledges that the process of amending and enlarging his Bibliography has only just begun. Mr. Balkaran’s achievement is to have made the start.
And what an excellent start! As Professor Jan Carew writes in his "Foreword" to the Bibliography, it: "is an invaluable work for historians and other liberal arts scholars, and others far from those fields, as it covers a full spectrum of scholarship… It is also a priceless resource for anyone who would want to know more about Guyana and its people."
Mr. Balkaran is already the author of several publications on Business and Accounting; and he has written an autobiographical account of his family, Through Faith & Luck: The Story of an East Indian Family in Guyana. He has also published another A to Z Guide, Dictionary of the Guyanese Amerindians & Other South American Native Terms which appeared in 2002. He is nothing if not prolific
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