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Planters' Punch
Herbert G. de Lisser
de Lisser, Herbert George, 1878-1944
Place of Publication:
Kingston, Jamaica
Planters' Punch
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Periodicals - Jamaica ( lcsh )
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A glossy Christmas annual, Planters’ Punch represented the vision of Jamaica’s business elite and each issue featured a novel or novella by Herbert de Lisser, many of which have not been published separately. Jamaican literature developed as part of the development of nationalism between the late nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries. Because voting rights were highly restrictive and the representational government power of elected politicians severely limited in the colonial government, the struggle for economic opportunity, labor unions, and independence took place largely through the local press. To foster a national literature which would in turn document the distinctive and modern culture of Jamaica, these early journals published articles and short stories about Jamaica society, history, and natural science, celebrated local authors, and sponsored literary contests.
From Wikipedia for H. G. de Lisser, from 29 June 2013: Herbert George de Lisser CMG (9 December 1878 - 19 May 1944) was a Jamaican journalist and author. He has been called "one of the most conspicuous figures in the history of West Indian literature". De Lisser was born in Falmouth, Jamaica, and attended William Morrison's Collegiate School in Kingston. He started work at the Institute of Jamaica at the age of 14. Three years later he joined the Jamaica Daily Gleaner, of which his father was editor, as a proofreader, and two years later became a reporter on the Jamaica Times. In 1903, De Lisser became assistant editor of the Gleaner and was editor within the year. He wrote several articles for the paper every day. He also produced a novel or non-fiction book every year, beginning in 1913 with Jane: A Story of Jamaica, significant for being the first West Indian novel to have a central black character. Another famous novel of his, The White Witch of Rosehall (1929), is linked to a legend of a haunting in Jamaica. De Lisser also wrote several plays. In December 1920 he began publishing an annual magazine, Planters' Punch. De Lisser devoted much time and effort to the revival of the Jamaican sugar industry and represented Jamaica at a number of sugar conferences around the world. He was also general secretary of the Jamaica Imperial Association, honorary president of the Jamaica Press Association, and chairman of the West Indian section of the Empire Press Union. He was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 1920 New Year Honours.

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Source Institution:
National Library of Jamaica
Holding Location:
National Library of Jamaica
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Resource Identifier:
P57 ( NLJ )