Cry Slaughter was perhaps the only manuscript that crossed the Pacific in a submarine in 1943 when Edilberto K. Tiempo was in charge of the historical section of the Negros USAFFE for which he wrote They Called Us Outlaws, used by the AmericanMoreCry Slaughter was perhaps the only manuscript that crossed the Pacific in a submarine in 1943 when Edilberto K.
Tiempo was in charge of the historical section of the Negros USAFFE for which he wrote They Called Us Outlaws, used by the American prosecution in the war crimes trial of Tomoyoki Yamashita, Japanese commanding general in the Philippines during World War II. Tiempo submitted the novel for his M.A. thesis at the University of Iowa where he was a writing fellow for four years and concurrently a Rockefeller fellow in the fourth year.
It had four reprints in paperback by Avon, a hardbound edition in London, and six European translations. Three subsequent novels (More Than Conquerors, Cracked Mirror, and The Standard-Bearer) won national awards.When his third novel, To Be Free (reprinted more times than any other Philippine novel in English) came out, Tiempo received notice he was to get the Republic Cultural Award, but President Marcos, like a good dictator, allergic to novels title and especially because it was published in the first year of martial law, nullified the jurys decision.
Two short story collections, A Stream at Dalton Pass and Finalities, also won national awards, and Snake Twin and Other Stories was written on his appointment as national fellow in fiction by the U.P. Writing Center. Tiempo submitted A Stream at Dalton Pass for his doctoral dissertation at the University of Denver where he spent a year as a Guggenheim writing fellow.Edilberto Tiempo taught fiction and literary criticism for four years in two American schools which asked him to stay permanently, but he opted to return to Silliman University where he founded the National Writers Workshop in 1962 and CETA shortly after, and where he has been English department chairman, graduate school dean, academic vice president, writer in resident emeritus professor.