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Wilson Harris

Guyana (1921 - 2018)

Born in Guyana in 1921, and studying at Queen's College, Georgetown, Guyana, Wilson Harris became a government surveyor, before taking up a career as lecturer and writer. The knowledge of the savannas and rain forests he gained during his time as a surveyor formed the setting of many of his books, the Guyanese landscape dominating his fiction.

Wilson Harris' writing style often departs from accepted norms, and he was known for his broad vision and the abstract complexity of his mystical style. He first wrote poetry, but later become a well-known novelist and essayist.

Wilson Harris also wrote non-fiction and critical essays and was awarded honorary doctorates by several universities, including the University of the West Indies (1984) and the University of Liège (2001). He was twice winner of the Guyana Prize for Literature.