George Lamming's Political Intent (1948-1955)

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Kimberly M. Brown/Fayetteville State University

George Lamming was intent upon becoming a political voice of the post-colonial Caribbean. However, once the Caribbean achieved its independence Lamming found that he no longer had a reader base. His self-imposed exile brought him new insight into becoming a stranger in his own homeland.

Lamming remained a political participant until later in life. However, his exile brought him to the realization that the British readership and publishers had an impact upon his writing.

This paper will examine the struggle Lamming had getting published in the Caribbean, then in Britain. His writing style changes after his exile.