Rest in Power Paule Marshall

(Photo: Jack Robinson)

(Photo: Jack Robinson)

From the New York Times:

Paule Marshall, an influential writer whose novels and short stories about ethnic identity, race and colonialism reflected her upbringing in Brooklyn as a daughter of poor immigrants from Barbados, died on Monday in Richmond, Va. She was 90.

Through five novels and several collections of short stories and novellas, Ms. Marshall (whose first name is pronounced “Paul”) created strong female characters, evoked the linguistic rhythms of Barbadian speech, and forged an early link between the African-American and Caribbean literary canons.”

Read the full obituary here.

Feminist Press is honored to be the publisher of two of Ms. Marshall’s books: BROWN GIRL, BROWNSTONES and REENA AND OTHER STORIES. “Paule Marshall's luminous depictions of Black diasporic life, language, and community paved the way for a new generation of writers to create a new story of power for ourselves and within the public conversation,” shares Feminist Press executive director Jamia Wilson. “We lost a giant, but we're left with a body of incomparable work. Marshall's impact will live forever in the hearts and minds of the readers and writers she inspires today.”

"An unforgettable novel written with pride and anger, with rebellion and tears." New York Herald Tribune

"Black women are shown in Marshall's stories creating the power to define their lives. Reading these stories is both a political act and a great joy." —Mary Helen Washington, editor of Black-Eyed Susan


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