Alfred H. Mendes was a member of the Beacon group of writers in Trinidad in the 1930s and friend and colleague of C.L.R. James and Ralph de Boissiere. He was a prolific writer, with a distinctive and engaging voice, and he wrote a significant number of short stories, many of which have never been published and most of which were written between 1920 and 1940. "The Man Who Ran Away" is a collection of twelve stories with an introduction and short glossary of Trinidadian Creole words and phrases. The book is useful as a text for university literature courses, with an introduction designed for students unfamiliar with Mendes's work, but not so dauntingly academic as to discourage a general readership.
Michele Levy is an independent researcher and academic writer. She has taught at secondary and tertiary levels and has tutored and lectured in the Department of Literatures in English, University of the West Indies, Jamaica. Since 1994 she has been engaged in research into the life and writings of Alfred H. Mendes. She has edited a collection of Mendes's short stories, Pablo's Fandango and Other Stories, and The Autobiography of Alfred H. Mendes, 1897-1991.