Other Literary Forms
Earl Lovelace is better known for his novels than his plays. His first novel, While Gods Are Falling (1965), won the 1963 competition for the British Petroleum Independence Literary Award as the best unpublished novel by a national of Trinidad dealing with West Indian themes. With the publication of The Dragon Can’t Dance (1979) and The Wine of Astonishment (1982)—he later dramatized both novels—Lovelace was hailed as an outstanding Caribbean writer, and critical articles analyzing his novels appeared in literary journals. Lovelace also published a volume of short stories, A Brief Conversion and Other Stories (1988), based on his experiences as a civil servant in the Trinidad departments of agriculture and forestry.