Elma Napier

Standard Name: Napier, Elma
Birth Name: Elma Gordon-Cumming
Nickname: Sally
Married Name: Elma Gibbs
Married Name: Elma Napier
Pseudonym: Elizabeth Garner
Before and after she settled in Dominica, expatriate writer EN published two volumes of autobiography, two novels, one volume of travel stories, and numerous short stories in Dominican and British journals. She also contributed articles to the local press of Calibishie in Dominica, and wrote for the Manchester Guardian. Her work colourfully depicts the Caribbean landscape and addresses the differences in experience and in the use of the land between creoles and expatriates. She deals with issues such as gender and racial inequities, and colonial dependency: some of her work evidences a deep, latent anger at Britain's exploitation of the West Indies and its people.


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Napier, Elma. A Flying Fish Whispered. A. Barker, 1938.
Napier, Elma. “Carnival in Martinique”. BIM, Vol.
, No. 15, pp. 155-7.
Napier, Elma. Duet in Discord. A. Barker, 1936.
Napier, Elma. Nothing So Blue. Cayme Press, 1927.
Napier, Elma. Winter Is in July. J. Cape, 1949.
Napier, Elma. Youth Is a Blunder. J. Cape, 1948.