Edward Kamau Brathwaite, poet, dramatist, critic and historian, was born in Bridgetown, the capital city of Barbados, on 11 May 1930. The son of a warehouse clerk, he attended Harrison University in Barbados and left for England in the 1950s to study History at Pembroke College, Cambridge University. He was awarded a Ph.D. at the University of Sussex in 1968. He worked for the Ministry of Education in Ghana before and after it gained independence in 1957, then returned to the West Indies in 1962. Currently he is Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University and divides his time between Barbados and New York.
Brathwaite has written and published a number of books. The Arrivants: A New World Trilogy