Zee Edgell is the first Belizean author to see her work reach an international audience. Her first novel, Beka Lamb, has become a classic of Caribbean literature. Generations of people in the Caribbean have read the novel as part of their high school literature curricula. The book has been translated into German and is taught at universities in the United States and around the world.
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As a professor of English at Kent State University, Edgell taught creative writing and literature students to graduate and undergraduate students.
In 2009 she and her husband, Al Edgell, moved to St. Louis after retiring. Their children and grandchildren all live in the city.
Zee Edgell received an MBE from Queen Elizabeth II in 2007, for her services to literature and the community. She received an honorary doctorate in literature from the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, Barbados in 2009.
AT A GLANCE: Zelma Inez Edgell, nee Tucker
- Born Oct. 21, 1940 in Belize City, Belize
- Parents: Veronica O. Tucker nee Walker and Clive A. Tucker
- Spouse: Alvin George Edgell
- Siblings: C. Barrington “Barry” Tucker, Laura Tucker Longsworth, Martha Tucker Eiley, Monica Tucker, Ava Tucker. Clive A. Tucker, Jr. (deceased) and Lenton Tucker (deceased)
- Children: Randall Clive Edgell, MD (married to Emily Shavers Edgell) & Holly Emma Edgell
- Grandchildren: Isaac Edward Edgell, Sophia Emma Edgell, Simon Alexander Edgell