Quince Duncan was born on December 5, 1940, in San Jose, Costa Rica. His parents - who were of Jamaican, Panamanian, and Barbadian heritage - raised Duncan in Limon, an eastern region of Costa Rica. Duncan developed talents as both a scholar and a writer, both of which he pursues today. He has become a man-ofletters in a new-formed tradition; it is Duncan's ability to entwine various traditions that has made his creative work so rich. Duncan is a creature of many worlds, and by bringing all of the traditions of those worlds together in his fiction he has enriched each.