Finished reading ESSAYS AFTER EIGHTY by Donald Hall, US writer, literary critic and Poet Laureate. Published in 2014 when Hall was 84 years old, it consists of 14 essays. Hall reminisces about his grandparents' New Hampshire farmhouse, his growing up, his two wives and other women, his public poetry readings, his smoker's misadventures, his old age disabilities, his views on death etc. One essay is about his nine honorary doctorates which he deems a dishonour. About his writing life, he says the best part is revision; it's normal for him to rewrite a piece over 30 times. Donald Hall died recently at age 89.
I have been concentrating on West Indian Literature particularly on books I read growing up but there are only so many I can remember. I already have Black Midas, The Wild Coast and The Guyanese Wanderer by Jan Carew, Three Singles to Adventure (Three Tickets to Adventure), To Sir With Love, Cloud With a Silver Lining, The Young Warriors, Backfire, a few by Naipaul and a couple by William Beebe. I just got the Routledge Reader in Caribbean Literature because it is supposed to be a compilation of over seventy pieces of writing from the Caribbean. I am hoping I will be introduced to other writers. I would appreciate any suggestions or recommendations.