Self-Annihilation in the Fiction of D. Paulo Dizon
Department of Literature and Modern Languages
D. Paulo Dizon "never won a literary prize in his life."1 This is almost certainly because of the widespread assumption that his work is lightweight because of his reputation as a humorist. It also explains Alejandro Roces's peculiar "Introduction" to Dizon's Twilight of a Poet and Other Stories.2 After noting that Dizon is ranked as 'one of the finest Filipino writers of humorous stories', Roces's "Introduction" wanders off into a series of anecdotes about Dizon's life, illustrating his point that "Dizon was a colorful man" (p. vii). Celso Al Carunungan, also, has produced an elegy, not a preface, with hyperbole such as "Dominador Paulo Dizon, one of the most glittering names in Philippine literature" (p. xiii) and "He has written some of the most compellingly beautiful stories ever written by a Filipino in English" (p. xv). Like Roces, Carunungan's point is basically that "Paul was a humorist" (p. xiii).
Grow, L. M. (1990). Self-Annihilation in the Fiction of D. Paulo Dizon. Philippine Studies, 38 (3) Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/shss_facarticles/120