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Eric Roach manuscripts

Identifier: SC15

Scope and Contents

The collection contains manuscript copies of plays, journal articles, poems, radio programmes, notes and an unpublished novel.


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Biographical / Historical

Eric Roach was born in Tobago in 1915. After a secondary education at Bishop High School Tobago, he entered the teaching profession. In 1939, he joined the army in Trinidad and served as a volunteer with the South Caribbean forces during World War II. After a short stint in the Civil Service, he worked as a journalist with the Trinidad Guardian and The Nation. At the age of 39 he turned his attention to writing and produced many short stories, poems, plays, articles, and a radio serial. He published poems using the pseudonym, Merton Maloney. He was also a regular contributor to the BBC Caribbean Voices programme. He died in 1974.


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Custodial History

The author's collection of manuscripts and papers came into the possession of his wife, Iris Roach, after his death. She sold them to The University of the West Indies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was purchased from Mrs. Iris Roach in May 1983.


Gianetti, Danielle. "The life and poetry of Eric Roach." Thesis M. Phil. St. Augustine, Trinidad : The University of the West Indies, 1984 (PR9360.T89 R6 Z5 G53 1984)
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Repository Details

Part of the The Alma Jordan Library, The University of the West Indies Repository

St. Augustine
Trinidad and Tobago
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