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About the Author

Fred D’Aguiar was born in 1960 in London to Guyanese parents, and lived in Guyana until he was twelve, returning to the UK in 1972. He read African and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kent, and graduated in 1985. He established a  reputation as a British poet, novelist and playwright. The Longest Memory  his first novel was published in 1994.

Biographical information can be found at the faculty of english 

Interviews with the author

Building Bridges Back to the Past

An interview with Fred D’Aguiar by Marita Frias

The Poetry Kit interviews Fred D'Aduiar

An interview with Ted Slade

 

Slavery

Slavery- Crash course in US history.

John Green talks about slavery.

Quotes

Here is a great link to a site for revision of quotes by character.

About the novel

The Longest Memory is set in the time before the American Civil War and is told by many different people. It is set on a plantation and explores life from the viewpoint of slave and master.

 

Background

Time line of American slavery from ushistory.org.

Follow the link to a website of photos on the life of a slave.

Background to slavery 

 

Slave Names

Malcolm X talks about the practice of African Americans taking the name of their slave masters.

Articles

Guides

An Insight publications text guide,

including a useful character map, overview of the text and  introduction.

A guide from Ballarat High School covering characters, symbolism and style.

Vate guide

An excerpt from the Victorian Association for Teacher’s of English guide.

Reviews

Follow the link to a review, "Forbidden fruit of black on white", by Ruth Padel, July 24th 1994.

Slavery map

Additional Reading

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