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Anthony C. Winkler (25 February 1942 – 18 September 2015) was a Jamaican-born author, lecturer, freelance writer, playwright and screenwriter.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he attended school in Kingston and then in Montego Bay, St. James, and later received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in English at California State University in Los Angeles.

His fiction writing's settings are always in Jamaica, though the exact locations and the characters who live in them differ with each plot. Each story paints a picture of Jamaica during the time period in which the story is set, and illustrates the various social, racial and class divides that exist(ed) among Jamaica's people, particularly between the 1950s and 1970s.


Among his most well-known works:

  • The Painted Canoe (1984)
  • The Lunatic (1987), which spawned a film in 1991 starring Paul Campbell and Carl Bradshaw
  • The Great Yacht Race (1992)
  • The Burglary, a play produced in Jamaica in 1993 and in Toronto in 2005
  • Going Home to Teach (1995), an autobiographical account of a year he spent teaching at a teacher-training college in Jamaica
  • The Duppy (1997)
  • The Annihilation of Fish (1999), a screenplay filmed in Los Angeles and starring James Earl Jones and Margot Kidder
  • The Annihilation of Fish and Other Stories (2004), a short story collection
  • Dog War (2006)
  • Crocodile (2009)


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