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Edward Baugh

Short biography
Edward (Eddie) Baugh (1936-2023) was one of the Caribbean’s major poets and a literary critic whose distinguished career was devoted to West Indian literature – in particular the work of the towering Nobel Laureate, Derek Walcott.

Born in Jamaica in 1936, where he lived until his death in 2023, Edward (Eddie) Baugh pursued postgraduate research, and a Commonwealth Scholarship took him to the University of Manchester, where he gained a Ph.D.  For over fifty years he made an outstanding contribution to the postcolonial development of Caribbean writing, as a critic, a university teacher and administrator, actor, public orator (at university graduations), a literary biographer and as a very fine poet. His book Black Sand, published by Peepal Tree, won the 2014 Guyana Prize for Best Book of Caribbean Poetry.

The Poetry Archive writes:

"For all his social and very sociable worldliness, he can still take part in the act of poetic creation as a poet as well as examining and explaining it as a critic. Edward Baugh has been able to absorb influence yet avoid imitation and stay tellingly brief in the midst of such epic scale.

Since in a former life he was a talented actor and in later life the Public Orator at the University of the West Indies, the poet Edward Baugh has an accomplished way with reading his poems; as one might expect, he does not disappoint."