The late Edgar Mittelholzer deserves an award too
Please permit some space in your daily newspaper to express my sentiments regarding Mr. Edward R. Braithwaite, author of “To Sir with Love”.
I first wish to commend the Government of Guyana for bestowing the nation’s third highest National Award, the Cacique Crown of Honour to Mr. Braithwaite. This caused me to reflect deeply on how much I have enjoyed watching the movie, To Sir with Love, which was an adaptation of the novel.
I must also say that I have read all of Mr. Braithwaite’s books and have enjoyed them thoroughly.
On this note, I would like the Ministry of Culture to propose to the relevant authority to issue a national award to the late Edgar Mittelholzer, whose books many Guyanese would have read and enjoyed before his tragic and untimely death. His writings were not enjoyable, but they contributed significantly to the students of the English Literature programme. I do believe that we must not only pay attention to the living, but we must remember and honour those who would have passed on but made sterling contributions to the development of this beautiful country- in every respect.
At this point, I also wish to challenge the Minister of Culture to develop a center in New Amsterdam, the birth place of many great writers, where students can visit- a center similar to what the English did for the late Sir William Shakespeare.