Re: Commentary on Clues of the Caribbees, T. S. Stribling
- In the first group of Poggioli stories, collected in CLUES OF THE CARIBBES, Stribling is subversive of the classical form -- Poggioli almost always misreads the clues, and the final story is a real shocker.
In the second group, which we (Crippen & Landru) published as DR. POGGIOLI: CRIMINOLOGIST, edited by Arthur Vidro, the stories are more typically detective tales, but often with social implications. Despite using ethnic stereotypes, Stribling had an unusually sensitive attitude toward the plight of African-Americans in the South -- for which he was criticized by other southern writers.
The third group, written primarily for EQMM and collected (with a handful of exceptions, in BEST DR. POGGIOLI DETECTIVE STORIES, also plays with ideas though in a less serious way. In fact, they sometimes become so playful as to be a bit loopy.
- --- In GAdetection@yahoogroups.com, pharrin107@... wrote:
> An island discovered by the Spanish, but with East Indians in largeIndians have been a big part of the windies ever since they migrated there as identured labor during British colonial times. I believe Nobel prize winner Naipaul hails from there.
> numbers on it? But they did do business and trade on the island.
- In a message dated 6/1/2009 9:37:21 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, alfredjun
Indians have been a big part of the windies ever since they migrated there
as indentured labor during British colonial times. I believe Nobel prize
winner Naipaul hails from there.
My apologies for not mentioning that. That's a case of being too narrow
in focus and sloppy in my assumptions. And I appreciate being corrected and
And yes, Naipaul is from Trinidad and a Nobel prize winner. It is
interesting that it was in some, but not across the board, that Indians were
imported to the West Indies. In Antigua and Barbuda it was primarily Africans
and also some Lebanese and Portuguese who came during colonial times. (The
latter, more as tradesman, etc.) The more peaceful Arawak Indians and
Caribs were used, but with little success. The Arawak Indians died and became
ill from the hard labor and food that was alien to their usual diet from
the sea. And the Caribs were too fierce fighters to be captured and used on
the plantations. What is fascinating is how disparate the many islands
are, yet with common ties of conquest by European countries.
When on Barbados, I learned about "redlegs," who were Irish/Scotch slaves
sent to some of the islands. I protested that the Irish probably were
brought as indentured servants. However, recently I read where Cromwell did
capture and sell some of the two native nationals to landowners in the
islands. This information was in an article published in an Irish newspaper. It
mentioned efforts to consider making reparation to descendents of the
I welcome being corrected or informed more on the above subjects.
Patricia Harrington, Mystery Author
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