Interlogue: Studies in Singapore Literature, Vol. 7: Edwin Thumboo, Creating a Nation Through Poetry
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edited by Peter Nazareth
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.
About the Editor
In this 7th volume of the Interlogue series, Peter Nazareth, Professor of English and Advisor to the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, writes on Edwin Thumboo — the man and his poetry. A long-time friend and partner in academe, Peter has included previously unpublished photos of their younger days together in this volume.