by Petamber Persaud
As we continue this ritual of looking backwards and forwards, as we continue to celebrate our literary ancestors, a new book has surfaced to provide us with an ample view of a most remarkable man in Guyanese history.
The name of that book is ‘Caribbean Visionary: A. R. F. Webber and the Making of the Guyanese Nation’. It is written by Selwyn R. Cudjoe and published by the University Press of Mississippi, USA.
This new book ‘traces the life of Albert Raymond Forbes Webber (1880-1932), a distinguished Caribbean scholar, statesman, legislator, and novelist. Using Webber as a lens, the book outlines the Guyanese struggle for justice and equality in an age of colonialism, imperialism, and indentureship. In this fascinating work, Selwyn R. Cudjoe examines Webber’s emergence from the interior of Guyana to become a major presence in Caribbean politics.
‘Caribbean Visionary’ examines Webber’s insightful novel, ‘Those That Be in Bondage’, his travel writings, and his poetry. The book chronicles his formation of the West Indian Press Association, his work on British Guiana’s constitution, and his championing of its people’s causes.
Cudjoe studies Webber’s work with the British Guiana Labour Union to improve the conditions of the Guyanese working people and Webber’s authorship of the Centenary History and Handbook of British Guiana.’ A. R. F. Webber was born on the island of Tobago on January 1, 1880.
Some twenty years after he was born, he came to live in British Guiana at a crucial and exciting period of its history. He died on Wednesday June 29, 1932 while on duty, travelling on a steamer to Bartica.
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