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date: 01 October 2020

Dabydeen, David locked

(1955– ), Indo-Guyanese novelist, poet, critic, and scholar,
  • Nicholas Rinehart

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was born to Veronica (“Vera”) Dabydeen and David Harilal Sookram on 9 December 1955 in the village of Plantation Zealand in Berbice, Guyana—formerly British Guiana. Dabydeen was raised by his mother and stepfather, Krishna Prasad, and maternal grandparents, Frederick and Amy Dabydeen. He moved to England in 1969 to rejoin his father, an attorney, who had settled there many years earlier. He studied English at the University of Cambridge and earned a Doctorate in Literature from University College London, writing a dissertation on British painter and engraver William Hogarth (1697–1764). After completing his graduate studies, Dabydeen was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford. Beginning in 1984 he taught in various capacities at the University of Warwick, including serving as director of the Centre for Caribbean Studies. Between 2010 and 2015 he served as Guyana s ambassador to the People s Republic of China After being ...

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