Critical Context

(Literary Essentials: African American Literature)

Rosa Guy’s critical reputation rests on her prizewinning works for adolescent readers, novels that treat candidly the subject of black-on-black prejudice, especially the troubled relationship between African Americans and African West Indians.

For Rosa Guy, A Measure of Time is a departure in that it is only her second adult novel after Bird at My Window (1966). Reviews of A Measure of Time in the popular press have been consistently good, but Rosa Guy has not received the careful scholarly attention that she deserves.