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Famous Authors from Guyana

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List of the most popular authors from Guyana, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Guyana authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Guyana writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List authors include Beryl Gilroy, Aubrey Williams and many more.

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E. R. Braithwaite is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Guyana
To Sir, With Love, Molybdenum
Edward Ricardo Braithwaite is a Guyanese novelist, writer, teacher, and diplomat, best known for his stories of social conditions and racial discrimination against black people. He is the author ...more
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Pauline Melville is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Guyana
Shape-shifter, Der Bauchredner., The migration of ghosts
Pauline Melville is a Guyanese-born writer and actress of mixed European and Amerindian ancestry, who is currently based in London, England. Among awards she has received for her writing are the ...more
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Grace Nichols is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Guyana
Number Parade, Quartet of Poems, Come into My Tropical Garden
Grace Nichols is a Guyanese poet, whose first collection, I is a Long-Memoried Woman, won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize.
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Wilson Harris is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Guyana
Heartland, J.A. Spender, The sleepers of Roraima
Sir Theodore Wilson Harris is a Guyanese writer. He initially wrote poetry, but has since become a well-known novelist and essayist. His writing style is often said to be abstract and densely ...more
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Ivan van Sertima is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Guyana
The Golden Age of the Moor, Early America revisited, Blacks in Science
Ivan Gladstone Van Sertima was a Guyanese-born associate professor of Africana Studies at Rutgers University in the United States. He was best known for his Olmec alternative origin ...more
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Martin Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Guyana
Poesías escogidas =, Poems of succession, Man and making--victim and vehicle
Martin Wylde Carter was a Guyanese poet and political activist. Widely regarded as the greatest Guyanese poet, and one of the most important poets of the Caribbean region, Carter is best known ...more
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Beryl Gilroy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Guyana
Boy-sandwich, Sunlight on sweet water, Gather the faces
Beryl Agatha Gilroy was a novelist and teacher, and "one of Britain's most significant post-war Caribbean migrants". Born in what was then British Guiana, she moved in the 1950s to the ...more
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Rupert Roopnaraine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Guyana
Suite for Supirya, Web of October, Primacy of the eye
Rupert Roopnaraine is a Guyanese writer and politician.
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Stanley Greaves is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Guyana
Horizons
Stanley Greaves is a Guyanese painter and writer who is one of the Caribbean's most distinguished artists. Writing in 1995 at the time of a retrospective exhibition to celebrate Greaves's ...more
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Oonya Kempadoo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Guyana
El Arbol De Los Sentidos, Tide running, Buxton Spice
Oonya Kempadoo is a novelist who was born in the UK of Guyanese parentage, her father being the writer Peter Kempadoo.
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Aubrey Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Guyana
Aubrey Williams
Aubrey Williams was a Guyanese artist. He was best known for his large, oil-on-canvas paintings, which combine elements of abstract expressionism with forms, images and symbols inspired by the ...more
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Jan Shinebourne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Guyana
Timepiece
Jan Lowe Shinebourne, also published as Janice Shinebourne, is a Guyanese novelist who now lives in England. Being of Chinese ancestry and from Guyana allows her to represent a shared cultural ...more
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Mahadai Das is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Guyana
Bones
Mahadai Das was a Guyanese poet. She was born in Eccles, East Bank Demerara, Guyana, in 1954. She wrote poetry from her early school days at Bishop's High School, Georgetown. She did her first ...more
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Moses Nagamootoo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Guyana
Hendree's cure
Moses Veerasammy Nagamootoo was born on 30th November, 1947 He is a writer and politician from Guyana. He was born in the village of Whim, in the eastern County of Berbice, Guyana. A former ...more
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Sheik Sadeek is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Guyana
He, Namaste
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Sharon Maas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Guyana
Sharon Maas is a Guyanese-born novelist, who was educated in England, lived in India, and subsequently in Germany and in Sussex, UK.
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Wordsworth McAndrew is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Guyana
Wordsworth McAndrew was a leading Guyana folklorist, poet, and creative artist.
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June A. Ramsay is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Guyana