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In memoriam: Zee Edgell (21 Oct 1940 – 20 Dec 2020)

JWIL mourns the passing of the great Caribbean writer Zee Edgell. She is celebrated for her books Beka Lamb (1982), In Times like These (1991), The Festival of San Joaquin (1997) and Time and the River (2007). She was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2007 and retired from her role as Professor of English at Kent State University in 2009. Her novel Beka Lamb, which elucidated the colonial, patriarchal and class pressures on Caribbean women, continues to influence generations of readers. Here are some reflections on this important figure from her daughter, Holly Edgell.