So: why not start with a reading list? Marlon James was born in Jamaica, where sexual activity between members of the same sex can be punishable with up to ten years of prison or hard labor. When Mr. James was awarded the Man Booker Prize, I, like many Caribbean writers and activists, wondered how the Jamaican media would respond. The win was widely celebrated , but there was little discussion of his sexuality. All of those tricky sexualities, the things we do to get accepted, and the things we do that make us acceptable, I really wanted to talk about that.
Writers in the outside world often complain about the numerous distractions that come between them and their Muses, but incarcerated writers face no such distractions. The criminal justice system and the pen are collaborators more often than most people realize. Many books that critics rank among the greatest literary works of all time were written while their authors were imprisoned. You must be logged in to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.
Reinaldo Arenas July 16, — December 7, was a Cuban poet , novelist , and playwright known as an early sympathizer, and later critic of Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution , and a rebel of the Cuban government. In , he moved to Havana to enroll in the School of Planification and, later, in the Faculty of Letters at the Universidad de La Habana , where he studied philosophy and literature without completing a degree. His writings and openly gay life were, by , bringing him into conflict with the communist government. From to he was a journalist and editor for the literary magazine La Gaceta de Cuba.
After writing in different forms throughout the s, the early s saw him become one of the most popular playwrights in London. He is best remembered for his epigrams and plays, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray , and the circumstances of his criminal conviction for "gross indecency", imprisonment, and early death at age Wilde's parents were successful Anglo-Irish intellectuals in Dublin. A young Wilde learned to speak fluent French and German.