Guyanese writer, Sir Wilson Harris, Died at 96


Sir Theodore Wilson Harris was born on March 24, 1921, and died on March 8, 2018.

He was a Guyanese writer.

Harris started out write poetry but has since become a well-known novelist and essayist.

Harris’s writing style is often said to be abstract and densely metaphorical, and his subject matter wide-ranging.

He was considered one of the most original and innovative voices in postwar literature in English.

Harris’s most recent novels include Jonestown (1996), which tells of the mass-suicide of followers of cult leader Jim Jones, The Dark Jester (2001), his latest semi-autobiographical novel, The Mask of the Beggar (2003), and The Ghost of Memory (2006).

He was also the writer of non-fiction and critical essays and has been awarded honorary doctorates by several universities, including the University of the West Indies (1984) and the University of Li├Ęge (2001). He has twice won the Guyana Prize for Literature.

He was knighted in June 2010 during the Queen Elizabeth II Birthday Honours.

During 2014, he won a Lifetime Achievement Prize from the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards.

He died at 96 years old.