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Interlogue: Studies in Singapore Literature, Vol. 7: Edwin Thumboo, Creating a Nation Through Poetry

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An interviewer speaking to Edwin Thumboo once asked: "But what is the reference for this...I mean where is the authority which I can cite?" and Thumboo's response was: "When it comes to Singaporean Literature in English I am your footnote." Kirpal Singh recalled the interviewer's slight unease but her countenance also revealed the admission that, yes, it was an undeniable fact, that when it came to talking about Singaporean writing in English, Edwin Thumboo was THE primary source of and for reference.

Edwin’s life spans more than seven decades, the last six of which are almost inextricably also tied up in strange and fascinating ways with the history of Singapore itself. It is no coincidence that the subtitle for this volume reads: Creating A Nation Through Poetry.

In the Series:
Volume 1: Fiction
Volume 2: Poetry
Volume 3: Drama
Volume 4: Interviews
Volume 5: Robert Yeo
Volume 6: Haresh Sharma
Volume 7: Edwin Thumboo
Volume 8: Inteviews II

 

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Interlogue: Studies in Singapore Literature, Vol. 7: Edwin Thumboo, Creating a Nation Through Poetry

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