By Caryl Phillips
An arresting . . . bracing and affecting volume” (Booklist) that brims with interest and cosmopolitanism” (Publishers Weekly), Color Me English was once hailed within the Guardian as the most effective books of 2011 via Blake Morrison. This compilation of essays from award-winning writer Caryl Phillps is a polymorphous pride that usually keeps at its middle the idea of identification: the way it is developed, the way it is thrust upon us, how we will be able to swap it” (The Independent).
A daring mirrored image on race and tradition throughout nationwide limitations, Color Me English contains touching tales from Phillips’s youth in England; his years residing and instructing within the usa in the course of the turbulent occasions of September 11; and his travels throughout Europe and Africa, the place he engages with mythical writers James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Chinua Achebe, and Ha Jin. Featured on radio courses together with The Leonard Lopate Show and The Diane Rehm Show and coated in Salon, the Huffington Post, and Essence, Color Me English is a gorgeous assortment from Phillips, who writes splendidly crafted, deeply meditative treatises . . . [that are] consistently fascinating and informative” (Quarterly Black Review).
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