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Caryl Phillips
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Caryl Phillips was born in St. Kitts, West Indies, and brought up in England. He is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction. His novel Dancing in the Dark won the 2006 PEN/Beyond Margins Award, and an earlier novel, A Distant Shore, won the 2004 Commonwealth Writers' Prize. His other awards include the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and currently lives in New York.

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Heart of Darkness

Written by Joseph Conrad
Introduction by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 10, 1999
Price: $11.00

With an Introduction by Caryl Phillips Commentary by H.L. Mencken, E.M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Bertrand Russell, Lionel Trilling, Chiua Achebe, and Philip Gourevitch, Heart of Darkness, which appeared at the very beginning of our century, was a Cassandra cry announcing the end of Victorian Europe, on the verge of... Read more >
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The Atlantic Sound

Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $16.00

In this fascinating inquiry into the African Diaspora, Caryl Phillips embarks on a soul-wrenching journey to the three major ports of the transatlantic slave trade.

Juxtaposing stories of the past with his own present-day experiences, Phillips combines his remarkable skills as a travel essayist with an astute understanding of history. From... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The Atlantic Sound

Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 25, 2009
Price: $11.99

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Cambridge

Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 2, 1993
Price: $15.00

Phillips offers a darmning portrait of the schizophrenia of slavery through the stories of a prim and increasingly apprehensive English woman observing the peculiarities--and barely veiled brutality--of a sugar plantation in the 19th-century West Indies and a black slave whose profoundly Christian sense of justice is about to cost him his... Read more >

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Crossing the River

Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 15, 1995
Price: $15.95

This is Phillips' acclaimed and intensely moving evocation of the African Diaspora. It begins in a year of failing crops, which forces a father to sell his children into slavery. Phillips's characters include a freed slave who journeys to Liberia as a missionary in the 1830's; a pioneer woman seeking refuge... Read more >

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Dancing in the Dark

Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $13.95

A searing new novel that reimagines the remarkable, tragic, little-known life of Bert Williams (1874–1922), the first black entertainer in the United States to reach the highest levels of fame and fortune.

Even as an eleven-year-old child living in Southern California in the late 1800s—his family had recently emigrated from the... Read more >
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Dancing in the Dark

Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $9.99

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A Distant Shore

Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 8, 2005
Price: $16.00

Dorothy is a retired schoolteacher who has recently moved to a housing estate in a small village. Solomon is a night-watchman, an immigrant from an unnamed country in Africa. Each is desperate for love. And yet each harbors secrets that may make attaining it impossible.

With breathtaking assurance and compassion, Caryl Phillips... Read more >
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A Distant Shore

Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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The European Tribe

Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 2, 2000
Price: $15.00

In this richly descriptive and haunting narrative, Caryl Phillips chronicles a journey through modern-day Europe, his quest guided by a moral compass rather than a map. Seeking personal definition within the parameters of growing up black in Europe, he discovers that the natural loneliness and confusion inherent in long jorneys collides... Read more >

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Extravagant Strangers
A Literature of Belonging
Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 29, 1998
Price: $16.95

Shakespeare called Othello "an extravagant and wheeling strangerOf here and every where." In this exciting anthology, Caryl Phillips has collected writings by thirty-nine extravagant strangers: British writers who were born outside of Britain and see it with clear and critical eyes. These eloquent and incisive voices prove that English literature, far... Read more >
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Extravagant Strangers
A Literature of Belonging
Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 5, 2010
Price: $12.99

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The Final Passage

Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 31, 1995
Price: $15.00

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Foreigners

Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 11, 2008
Price: $14.95

From an acclaimed, award-winning novelist comes this brilliant hybrid of reportage, fiction, and historical fact: the stories of three black men whose tragic lives speak resoundingly to the problem of race in British society.

With his characteristic grace and forceful prose, Phillips describes the lives of three very different men: Francis Barber... Read more >
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Foreigners

Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 11, 2008
Price: $11.99

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Higher Ground

Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 31, 1995
Price: $15.00

This searing novel about slavery and its legacy brings the same stylistic virtuosity and tightly focused intelligence of Phillips's other novels. Higher Ground tells multiple stories, set generations and continents apart but unified by their ambitious exploration of themes of race, power, captivity, and abuse. In a slave garrison in Africa... Read more >

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In the Falling Snow

Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $16.00

Keith–born in England in the early 1960s to immigrant West Indian parents but primarily raised by his white stepmother–is a social worker heading a Race Equality unit in London whose life has come undone. He is separated from his wife of twenty years, kept at arm’s length by his teenage son... Read more >
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In the Falling Snow

Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 1, 2009
Price: $11.99

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The Nature of Blood

Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 28, 1998
Price: $15.95

In his most ambitious novel to date, Phillips creates a dazzling kaleidoscope of historical fiction, one that illuminates the dark legacy of Europe's obsession with race and blood. At the center of The Nature of Blood is a young woman, a Nazi death camp survivor, devastated by the loss of everyone... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The Nature of Blood

Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 23, 2009
Price: $11.99

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A New World Order
Essays
Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 30, 2002
Price: $14.00

The Africa of his ancestry, the Caribbean of his birth, the Britain of his upbringing, and the United States where he now lives are the focal points of award-winning writer Caryl Phillips’ profound inquiry into evolving notions of home, identity, and belonging in an increasingly international society.

At once deeply reflective and... Read more >
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A New World Order
Essays
Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 21, 2009
Price: $9.99

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The Right Set
A Tennis Anthology
Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 27, 1999
Price: $16.95

From stately lawns and gentlemen players to Andre Agassi and Venus Williams: 65 great writings on tennis that chronicle the transformation of the sport.

Since its inception, tennis has embraced traditions more patrician than plebeian. But times—and tennis—have changed. The game once reserved for royalty has moved from estate lawns to the... Read more >
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The Right Set
A Tennis Anthology
Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 28, 2010
Price: $13.99

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A State of Independence

Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 15, 1995
Price: $15.00

Phillips examines the transitions of a Caribbean nation from colonialism to a dubious state of independence through the experiences of Bertram Francis, a young man who leaves St. Kitts at the age of thirteen to study law on a coveted scholarship in England. Twenty years later he returns, chastened by failure... Read more >
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