Roger Mais (1905-1955) was a Jamaican short story writer, journalist, poet, playwright and novelist. He was born into a middle-class family in Kingston. He wrote on the themes of distinction between the privileged and non-privileged classes of society. In 1944 he published a satire entitled ‘Now We Know’ and was accused of sedition. It bought him imprisonment for six months. Roger Mais wrote more than one hundred short stories and published two books of collected stories as And Most of all Man and Face and Other Stories. His well-known novels include The Hills Were Joyful Together (1953), Brother Man (1954) and Black Lightning (1955).
He died of cancer in 1955 at the age of 49.