The life of Una Marson, 1905-65

By Delia Jarrett-Macauley

The life of Una Marson, 1905-65
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  • ISBN: 9780719082566
  • Publish Date: Apr 2010
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8256-6
    • Pages: 256
    • Price: £19.99
    • Published Date: April 2010


    This is an original, full length biography of Britain's first twentieth-century black feminist - Una Marson - poet, playwright, and social activist and BBC broadcaster.

    Una Marson is recognised today as the first major woman poet of the Caribbean and as a significant forerunner of contemporary black writers; her story throws light on the problems facing politicised black artists. In challenging definitions of 'race' and 'gender' in her political and creative work, she forged a valiant path for later black feminists. Her enormous social and cultural contributions to the Caribbean and Britain have, until now, remained hidden in archives and memoirs around the world.

    Based on extensive research and oral testimony, this biography embraces postcolonial realities and promise, and is a major contribution to British cultural history.


    1 Parson's Baby
    2 Hampton
    3 To Kingston
    4 The Cosmopolitan
    5 Heights and Depths
    6 The Arrivant
    7 Identity Politics: 1930s style
    8 The Autobiography of a Brown Girl
    9 A man who did much for his country and another who did much for his race
    10 Fascism and Anti-fascism
    11 A place in Politics
    12 The Moth and the Star
    13 A Call to Downing Street
    14 To the BBC
    15 A Caribbean Voice
    16 Silenced and Depressed
    17 Pioneering People
    18 What's wrong with Jamaica
    19 America
    20 Independence
    21 Haifa and London Revisited
    22 Epilogue


    Delia Jarrett-Macauley is a novelist and writer. She has taught at the Universities of Kent and London

    The life of Una Marson, 1905-65

    By Delia Jarrett-Macauley

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