Roger Mais Writer

Roger Mais (11 August 1905 Kingston−21 June 1955 Kingston) was a Jamaican journalist, novelist, poet, and playwright. He was born to a middle-class family in Kingston, Jamaica. By 1951, Mais had won ten first prizes in West Indian literary competitions. His integral role in the development of political and cultural nationalism is evidenced in his being awarded the high honor of the Order of Jamaica in 1978. Mais launched his career as a journalist and contributor for the weekly newspaper, Public Opinion from 1939 to 1952, which was associated with the People's National Party. He also wrote several plays, reviews, and short stories for the newspaper Focus and the Jamaica Daily Gleaner, focusing his articles on social injustice and inequality. He used this approach to reach his local audience and to primarily push for a national identity and anti-colonialism. Mais has published over a hundred short stories, where most can be found in Public Opinion and Focus. Other stories are also collected in Face and Other Stories and And Most of All Man, published in the 1940’s. Mais's play, George William Gordon, was also published in the 1940s, focusing on the Morant Bay Rebellion of 1865.

Personal details

Date of birth
August 11th, 1905


1. Calabar High School School

Calabar High School is an all-male, secondary school in Kingston, Jamaica. It was established by the Jamaica Baptist Union in 1912 for the children of Baptist ministers and the children of the poor blacks and was named after the former slave port Calabar, now in Nigeria. Today, it has produced at least five Rhodes Scholars.

61 Red Hills Road, Kingston, Kingston Parish
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People attended Calabar High School connected by profession and/or age

b. 1931., Radio personality
b. 1958., Film subject
b. 1935., Politician
b. 1920., Olympic athlete

Written work

1.The hills were joyful together

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1953. at London


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