Warner Arundell: The Adventures of a Creole

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UWI Press, 2001 - 527 Seiten
Of all the islands in the Caribbean, Trinidad has experienced the most varied ethnocultural and linguistic history. Its relatively brief period of plantation slavery and extent of racial mixing have generated a wide range of literary responses. Previous examinations of Trinidad's literary roots have largely dismissed works written prior to 1920. The first work in the series is Warner Arundell, the Adventures of a Creole, originally published in 1838. This was the first novel set at least partly in Trinidad and possibly the first Caribbean novel in English. This extremely well written novel provides a good read as it chronicles the adventures of Warner Arundell, a white Creole of British descent, born in Grenada and brought up in Antigua and Trinidad. After being defrauded by lawyers, he studies law in Venezuela and medicine in England, then goes to seek his fortune. After many adventures, he is reunited with the coloured branch of his family and his Venezuelan love. The originally published novel has been heavily annotated and the contextualized edition of the original text makes it useful to scholars. The book is of particular interest to students and faculty of Caribbean litera
 

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Acknowledgements
viii
Map of the Caribbean
liii
Volume I
7
My fathers marriage took place in 1794
13
The protracted and ruinous war of Grenada
21
I was christened by parson May
29
My father gradually sunk into a state of lethargy
34
A West Indian funeral
38
At length we approached the tropic of Cancer
200
Scarcely had we entered the harbour of St Thomass
208
On going ashore I found that my old friend
219
About this time i e in 1817 the demon of civil war
227
The island of Margarita
234
The next morning I took leave
242
I was now fairly embarked in the cause
251
Fortune now set in full tide
258

I took leave of my uncle
43
In the course of the afternoon I overheard a conversation
48
The Hawk having been refitted
54
The wind at length favoured us
58
I again embarked on board the Hawk
66
Antigua although on the whole a beautiful and healthy island
70
An event took place which called me from Antigua
79
We landed at Port of Spain
84
I lamented the death
92
Captain Jones of the schooner Baracouta
97
During the times of vacation
101
I had now spent seven happy years
108
A South American launch
113
A few days after this event
120
My aunt appeared to be in a dying state
125
When the mournful thoughts which always attend
133
We remained eight days at St Thomass
139
Volume II
149
Having taken up much time to relate what I thought
164
In 1816 I studied hard
174
It was evening before we fairly got into the British Channel
185
All night our guide rode before us
281
I lodged in a pretty good tavern in St Georges
291
Walking along the city one day
298
It was afternoon when I went in a canoe
311
There was one advantage in my present situation
318
A few days after sending this letter
324
Trinidad although beyond comparison the most fertile
332
I rode to Port of Spain on a borrowed animal
340
Being more alarmed about my money
347
On my arrival at my house
359
There was no moon visible
367
As day opened I arose
378
The commandant hurried me
387
Fortune now set in full tide in my favour
404
I must now give an account of my legal campaign
411
These transactions necessarily took up some months
422
I landed early in the morning
428
Annotations to the Text
437
The Maroon Party A WestIndian Sketch 1835
503
References
523
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Über den Autor (2001)

Lise Winer is Associate Professor in the Department of Second Language Education, McGill University, Canada. She is the author of Trinidad and Tobago: Varieties of English around the World 6, Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad and Tobago, and articles on Caribbean language, literature and culture. Bridget Brereton is Deputy Principal and Professor of History, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. Her major books include A History of Modern Trinidad, Race Relations in Colonial Trinidad, and Law, Justice and Empire. Rhonda Cobham is Professor of English and Black Studies, Amherst College, USA. She has edited special issues of Research in African Literatures and the Massachusetts Review as well as Watchers and Seekers: An Anthology of Writing by Black Women in Britain. Her essays on Caribbean and African authors and postcolonial theory have appeared in Callaloo, Transition, Research in African Literatures and several critical anthologies. Mary Rimmer is Professor of English, the University of New Brunswick-Fredericton, Canada. Her publications include an edition of Thomas Hardy's Desperate Remedies, and articles on Thomas Hardy, Margaret Laurence and Nino Ricci.

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