Rape of Paradise
Columbus and the Birth of Racism in America
Author: Jan Carew
Format: Paperback, 144pp
Publication Date: February, 2006
Publisher: Seaburn Publishing Group
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jan Carew was born in British Guiana two years after World War I, but
spent most of his life abroad. He has led a rich and varied life as
writer, educator, philosopher and advisor to several nation states. After
his initial education in British Guiana (now Guyana) in South America, he
studied at universities in the U.S., Czechoslovakia, and France.
In London, he worked as a broadcaster and writer with the BBC and
lectured in race relations at London University’s Extra-mural department.
He has also lived in Spain, Ghana, Canada and Mexico. He has taught at
many universities in the U.S., including Princeton, Rutgers, George
Mason, Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and the University of
Louisville. He is Emeritus Professor of African American Studies from
Northwestern University, where he taught from 1973 to 1987.
He has won a number of awards for his writing, including the 1964 Daily
Mirror’s (London) award for Best Play for “The Day of the Fox,” and the
Pushcart Prize (U.S.) for his essay “The Caribbean Writer and Exile.” He
is perhaps still best known for his first novel, Black Midas, and his
memoir, Ghosts in Our Blood: With Malcolm X in Africa, England and the
Caribbean. His most recent publication is a collection of children’s
stories, The Sisters and Manco’s Stories.
Despite the implosion that collapsed the Second World upon itself
(leaving the Third World with only one super power with which to
contend), and the profound changes that an electronic, communication and
service industry has brought about, Jan Carew remains an ardent
Pan-Africanist. His motto as a writer and artist comes from one of his
poems: “Art and Literature” he wrote, “are like lightening, for lightning
illuminates, and is never timid.”
Currently, Jan Carew is living in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife, Dr.
Joy Gleason Carew, and concentrating on his memoirs.
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