Caryl Phillips

Caryl Philips

Caryl Phillips (1958, St Kitts) moved to England when he was four months old. He grew up in Leeds, and graduated from the Department of English Language and Literature, Oxford University. The beginning of his literary career was marked by the plays Strange Fruit (1980), Where There is Darkness (1982) and The Shelter (1983). He has written a number of dramas, documentaries for the radio and television and the screenplays Playing Away (1986) and The Mystic Masseur (2001), based on the novel of the same title by V. S. Naipaul. He has written the following novels: The Final Passage (1985), A State of Independence (1986), Higher Ground (1989), Cambridge (1991), Crossing the River (1993), The Nature of Blood (1997), A Distant Shore (2003), Dancing in the Dark (2005), Foreigners (2007), In the Falling Snow (2009), The Lost Child (2015) and A View of the Empire at Sunset (2018), and the collections of essays The European Tribe (1987), The Atlantic Sound (2000), A New World Order (2001) and Colour Me English (2011). He edited the anthologies Extravagant Strangers: A Literature of Belonging (1997) and The Right Set: An Anthology of Writing on Tennis (1999). His works have been translated into more than ten languages. He is the recipient of numerous awards for plays and novels, most importantly James Tait Black Memorial Prize for the novel Crossing the River, which was also short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1993. The novel A Distant Shore, nominated for the Booker prize and PEN/Faulkner Award in 2003, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 2004. he is a member of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Arts, as well as Honorary Fellow of The Queen’s College, Oxford. He has taught at universities in Ghana, Sweden, Singapore, Barbados, India and the USA, where he currently works at Yale University.

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