Merle Hodge

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Merle Hodge is a Trinidadian writer, scholar and activist. She has published two novels: Crick Crack, Monkey (1970) and For the Life of Laetitia (1993). Her novels have been lauded as seminal works of the Caribbean canon, and were honoured by the International Congress of Literature in 2010. In 2012, Merle received a NALIS Lifetime Literary Achievement Award.

More resources:

Click here to buy books by Merle Hodge.

Read Publisher’s Weekly‘s review of For the Life of Laetitia.

Read Kirkus‘s review of For the Life of Laetitia.

Read Simon Gikandi’s article, “Narration in the Post-Colonial Moment: Merle Hodge’s Crick Crack Monkey“, published in Ariel.

Watch an interview with Merle Hodge on Trinidadian Patois.