CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Self-Annihilation in the Fiction of D. Paulo Dizon

Department

Department of Literature and Modern Languages

Publication Date

Summer 1990

Publication Title

Philippine Studies

ISSN

0031-7837

Volume

38

Issue/No.

3

Abstract

Excerpt

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).

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