26 August 2012

Eric Walrond in Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, Hackney: London #7

The grave of the Harlem Renaissance writer Eric Walrond (1898–1966), who was born in Georgetown, Guyana. Mentioned on his tombstone is Tropic Death (1926), his collection of short stories of which the autobiographical title story involves Barbadians moving to Panama.
Walrond shared an appartment for a time with fellow Harlem Renaissance writer Countee Cullen, who dedicated his famous poem, 'The Incident', to him: twelve brief lines relating an instance of non-physical racist abuse at an early age that have an intense effect on the narrator.
Eric Walrond died in London.

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