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Edward Baugh

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

He was born in Jamaica in 1936, where he lives. He pursued postgraduate research, and a Commonwealth Scholarship took him to the University of Manchester, where he gained a Ph.D. He taught at the University of the West Indies for well over thirty years. He has also held many visiting posts in America and the UK. 

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."

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