Eric Walrond
British Guiana
1898-
 
 
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Biography

Walrond born in Georgetown, British Guiana, in 1898, is the son of a Barbadian mother and a Guyanese father. His first eight years were spent in Guiana. But his parents' marital difficulties led Walrond into an almost wayfaring existence. In 1906, his father abandoned Walrond and his mother. His mother moved the two of them to a small village in Barbados to live with their relatives. Walrond began his education in Barbados at St. Stephen's Boys' School, located in Black Rock. Around 1910, Walrond and his mother traveled in search of his father to the Panama Canal Zone, where thousands of west Indians and Guyanese were employed to dig the canal. Walrond and his mother never found his father and they made a home in Colon. It is in Colon where Walrond completed his public and secondary school education between 1913 and 1916. During his education in Colon, Walrond is exposed to the Spanish culture and becomes bilingual. Walrond is trained as a secretary and stenographer, and acquires a job as a clerk in the Health Department of the Canal commission at Cristobal. Through the years 1916 and 1918 he begins a journalistic career which he will pursue while in the States. Walrond works as a general reporter, court reporter, andsportswriter for the Panama Star-Herald, "the most important contemporaneous newspaper in the American tropics." Walrond's association with the Harlem Renaissance also has a strong literary influence. In the early 1920s he publishes short stories in periodicals such as the Opportunity, Smart Set, and Vanity Fair. In 1923, he writes "On Being a Domestic," "Miss Kenny's Marriage," "The Stone Rebounds," and "The Stone Rebounds." Walrond's stories focused on a realistic presentation of racial situations in New York City. In 1924 he focuses on a more impressionistic presentation of life in the American tropics. He does not return to the realistic form of writing until 1927, when he writes "City Love," which is the last story he publishes before he leaves the United States.
 

Works

 "On Being Black" (1922)

 "On being a Domestic," "Miss Kenny's Marriage," "The Stone Rebounds," "Cynthia Goes to the Prom," "The New Negro Faces America," "The Negro Exodus from the South" (1923 )

 "Vignettes of the Dusk," "The Black City" (1924 )

  "A Cholo Romance," "Imperator Africanus, Marcus Garvey: Menace or Promise?" (1925)

 Tropic Death(1926) 

 "City Love" (1927)
 

Links

PAL - Chapter 9: Harlem Renaissance - Eric Walrond (1898-1966)
http://www.csustan.edu/english/reuben/pal/chap9/walrond.html
 


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