September 23, 2014 

The National Artists of the Philippines


 
Literature
 Francisco Arcellana
 N. V. M. Gonzalez
 Nick Joaquin
 F. Sionil Jose
 Jose Garcia Villa
 Edith L. Tiempo
 Virgilio S. Almario
 Amado V. Hernandez
 Carlos P. Romulo
 Alejandro R. Roces
 Bienvenido Lumbera
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Edith L. Tiempo
Literature (1999)

Edith L. Tiempo, poet, fictionist, teacher and literary critic is one of the finest Filipino writers in English whose works are characterized by a remarkable fusion of style and substance, of craftsmanship and insight. She was born on April 22, 1919 in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya. Her poems are intricate verbal transfigurations of significant experiences as revealed, in two of her much anthologized pieces, "The Little Marmoset" and "Bonsai". As fictionist, Tiempo is as morally profound. Her language has been marked as "descriptive but unburdened by scrupulous detailing." She is an influential tradition in Philippine literature in English. Together with her late husband, Edilberto K. Tiempo, she founded and directed the Silliman National Writers Workshop in Dumaguete City, which has produced some of the country’s best writers.

Tiempo’s published works include the novel A Blade of Fern (1978), The Native Coast (1979), and The Alien Corn (1992); the poetry collections, The Tracks of Babylon and Other Poems (1966), and The Charmer’s Box and Other Poems (1993); and the short story collection Abide, Joshua, and Other Stories (1964).

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