Estrella D. Alfon
Estrella D. Alfon (1917-1983) was born on Cebu City in the Philippines. Writing her first stories while she was at university, she was unusual in that she wrote almost exclusively in English. Later she was the only female member of a writer’s group called the Veronicans, an avant-garde group whose members included H R Ocampo, a leading radical modernist artist.
She courted controversy in the 1950’s when her short story ‘Fairy Tale for the City’, the tale of a young man’s initiation into sex, was condemned as ‘obscene’ by the Catholic League of the Philippines. The argument divided the writing community, many of whom stood against Alfon, events which affected her greatly.
Known as the most prolific Filipina writer prior to World War II, her influence on modern day writers was summed up by the Filipina American writer Luisa Aguilar Igloria: ‘Estrella Alfon writes about everyday life, but she captures the details in this dazzling, intense light. She could write about the ordinary and make it extraordinary.’
Estrella Alfon died in 1983 of a heart attack.
Read ‘Servant Girl’ by Estrella Alfon (image 2001 Copper Sturgeon)
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