Samuel Selvon, author of novels, plays, film, television, and radio, was born in 1923 in South Trinidad to an Indian father and an Indian/Scottish mother. He grew up in Trinidad's multi-racial society and graduated from San Fernando's Naparima College in 1938.
Selvon began writing fiction and poetry while he served in the Royal Navy Reserve during World War II. After the war, he began his literary career as the fiction editor of the TRINITY
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of his work. Also of significance are letters from Marion Saunders, Selvon's literary agent. Her eight letters from 1952 to 1957 trace the process of finding publishers and American magazines for Selvon's early novels and short stories. Correspondence from West Indian authors such as Garth St. Omer and John J. Figueroa is also present.
Series III consists of a cashbook listing Selvon's travel expenses to research background information for upcoming novels, short stories, and radio/television plays.