Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Philippine Literary Greats, Leonard and Linda Ty Casper

Leonard Casper, photo by Tina Casper-Denman

I was delighted to get news about two Philippine Literary Greats, the noted critic Dr. Leonard Casper and award-winning novelist, Linda Ty-Casper. Linda shared with me a photo of her husband, Leonard Casper. The photo was taken by their daughter, Tina Casper-Denman.  I have Linda's permission to share this wonderful photo:

From Syracuse University Libraries where Leonard Casper's papers are stored, I quote:

Leonard R. Casper (dates unknown) is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison and emeritus professor of English from Boston College where he taught for 45 years. He is the author or editor of numerous books on Philippine literature, as well as several pieces of fiction and two volumes on the works of Robert Penn Warren. Casper taught in the Philippines on five separate occasions, twice as senior Fulbright lecturer, and was contributing editor to Solidarity (Manila) and Pilipinas (Kansas; Arizona State). His wife Linda Ty Casper is a noted Filpino novelist.

The Leonard Casper Papers consists of correspondence, notes, manuscripts, drafts, published books and printed material.

And from Wikipedia, I quote information about Linda Ty-Casper:

Linda Ty Casper is a Filipino writer who has published over fifteen books, including the historical novelDreamEden and the political novels Awaiting TrespassWings of StoneA Small Party in a Garden, andFortress in the Plaza. She has also published three collections of short stories which present a cross-section of Filipino society.[1]
In 1992, Tides and Near Occasions of Love won the Philippine PEN short story prize; another at theUNESCO International Writers' Day, London; and the SEAWrite Award in Bangkok "Triptych for a Ruined Altar" was in the Roll of Honor of The Best American Short Stories, 1977.[2]
Her novel Awaiting Trespass which is about the politically sensitive theme of torture by the Marcos regimewas published by Readers International of London. This work gained her major critical attention in theUnited States for the first time, and in Britain the novel was chosen as one of the five best works of fiction by a woman writer published in 1985-86.

Both Leonard and Linda have contributed much to Philippine Literature, as the reader can see.
My blog has several entries about them:
Linda Ty-Casper's "A Small Party in a Garden" Available in Kindle and Nook
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