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  • ID: I1357
  • Name: Evan Gordon Jones
  • Given Name: Evan Gordon
  • Surname: Jones
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  • Change Date: 28 JUN 2014
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    Evan Jones was born in Portland, Jamaica in 1927, the son of a banana planter. He was educated at Munro College and later at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and Wadham College, Oxford. He taught English literature at the George School, a Quaker secondary school in Pennsylvania, and at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He moved to England in 1956.
    I know little about him, although I learned on the web that his mother was a Quaker missionary who came to Jamaica from America and married Fred M. Jones, a "hardworking farmer who later became the richest man in the parish." Another website quotes Evan Jones as saying that "The Song of the Banana Man" was "written as a memory of my childhood and a tribute to my county. For I was born in one of the chief banana-growing parts of Jamaica - Hector's River, Eastern Portland. My father was a prominent banana planter there."
    Jones is also author of a book entitled <i>Stone Haven</i>, which has been described as a classic in West Indian literature. A write up on the volume states the following: it "covers the years up to and including Jamaican independence, as reflected by the life of a family. In 1920 Jamaica, Grace Newton, a young Quaker missionary, defies her family's color prejudice and marries a prospering local planter. <i>Stone Haven</i> is the house Grace's husband builds for her, and here for the next forty years she lives and works-as mother of a school, a community, and a demanding family; as wife of one of Jamaica's most ambitious and successful men. The power of the novel lies in the emotional life of the family-in their struggle for money, power, and sex, and the hope that these things can be obtained and enjoyed within a moral framework."
    Finally, if you go to <u>www.bu.edu/favoritepoem/thevideos/scott.html <http://www.bu.edu/favoritepoem/thevideos/scott.html></u>, you will find a video reading of this poem by a prominent and successful Jamaican businessman in Hartford, Conn. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this classic work as much as I have over the years.








    <b>Evan Jones</b> was born in Portland, Jamaica in 1927. He grew up on a banana farm, and was educated at Munro College and later at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and Wadham College, Oxford, where he was awarded a BA Hons. in 1952. He taught English literature at the George School, and at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He moved to England in 1956, and has been a freelance writer ever since. His poetry includes 'The Song of the Banana Man' and the 'Lament of the Banana Man' which have been anthologized widely. His television work includes the documentary drama series 'The Fight Against Slavery' (BBC, 1975). His films include <i>King and Country</i> (1964), <i>Funeral in Berlin</i> (1966), <i>Escape to Victory</i> (1981) and <i>Champions</i> (1984). Other writing includes a biography of Las Casas, <i>Protector of the Indians</i> (Nelson, N.Y., 1958), <i>Junior Language Arts of the Caribbean</i> (Longman, 1977-1983), <i>Tales of the Caribbean</i> (Ginn & Co., 1984), and <i>Skylarking</i>, a novel for children (Longman, 1993), also published in France as <i>Adventures sur la planète Knos</i> (Musée Dapper, 1997). <i>Stone Haven</i> was originally published in 1993.
    <b>Song of the Banana Man
    </b>This influential song/ poem was written in the 1950s. It is important not only for the content but because the poet makes the Creole text totally accessible for non Caribbean readers. John Crow (<i>Jan cro</i>) is the Jamaican name of a mountain and a local buzzard
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  • Birth: 29 DEC 1927 in Parish of Portland, Hector's River, Jamaica, W. I.
  • Death: 31 JUL 2012 in Shrewsbury, England
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    JONES Evan Gordon (Gordon) Of Grafton, Shrewsbury, passed away on July 31, 2012, aged 86 years. Funeral Service to take place at Shrewsbury Crematorium, on Monday, August 13, at 11am. 
    Stropshire Star 4 Aug 2012
  • Occupation: playwright, poet, screen writer and book author London, England
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    Father: Frederick McDonald Jones b: 29 JAN 1890 in Williamsfield Estates, East Potland, Jamaica, W. I.
    Mother: Gladys Smith b: 30 SEP 1894 in Indianola, IA

    Marriage 1 Living Vogel
      Children
      1. Has No Children Living Jones
      2. Has No Children Living Jones

      Sources:
      1. Abbrev: Father's Obituary
        Title: Father's Obituary
        Name: Footnote
        Name: ShortFootnote
        Name: Bibliography
      2. Abbrev: Joan Jones
        Title: Daughter of Gilbert Smith and granddaughter of Sadie Nevill Smith.
        Name: Footnote
        Name: ShortFootnote
        Name: Bibliography
      3. Abbrev: Jamaica, Civil Birth Registration, 1878-1930
        Title: <b>Jamaica, Civil Birth Registration, 1878-1930
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        Name: Footnote
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        Name: Bibliography
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