Gordon Rohlehr passed away in Trinidad on January 29, 2023. With a career of writing, teaching, and community engagement spanning more than half a century, he was widely recognized as the premier authority on the calypso song form and one of the Caribbean's leading literary scholars. He published on an array of verbal art (oral and written) in the anglophone Caribbean and was unparalleled in his ability to elucidate the significance of this literature for the region and the wider world.

Rohlehr was born in British Guiana (Guyana) in 1942 and spent his childhood in the Essequibo coastal area to the west of the capital city of Georgetown. His father was the superintendent of a boys’ reform school, while his mother was a teacher and administrator at an Anglican primary school. He recalled in his memoir that the family's home on the reform school grounds was surrounded by fruit trees...

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