Rosa Guy, the American author whose novel My Love, My Love: Or, The Peasant Girl (1985) was the basis for Broadway play Once On This Island, has died at the age of 89. She had been suffering from cancer.
Born in Trinidad, Rosa Guy moved with her family to New York in the 1930s. Following the death of her mother in 1934 and her father in 1937, she entered a series of foster homes. She married Warner Guy, found work in a factory and joined the American Negro Theater, where she studied acting and eventually helped form the Harlem Writers Guild (HWG), which counted Maya Angelou, Walter Christmas and Willard Moore among its members.
My Love, My Love: Or, The Peasant Girl was a Caribbean re-telling of The Little Mermaid, and remains arguably her best-known novel. Her first book, Bird at My Window, had been published in 1966, and she continued writing throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s.