Derek Walcott: A Caribbean Life

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This is the first full-scale literary biography of Nobel Prize-winning poet and dramatist Derek Walcott. It traces the creative contradictions in his life from colonial St. Lucia, where he was part of a tiny English-speaking Protestant mulatto elite in an overwhelmingly French-Creole Roman Catholic black society, to 1999 when, a star of international literature and a symbol of cultural decolonization, he wanted to be Poet Laureate of England. The author had had access to letters, diaries, uncollected and ...

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Oxford 2000 Hardcover 1st Edition New in new dust jacket. This mint, First Edition, First Printing, HARDBACK, Oxford University Press, 2000, has a mint, unclipped dust jacket ... that is now protected in an extra, bespoke, clear, acid-free slipcover. The black boards have gilt lettering to the spine. The book size is 16.5 x 4.9 x 24.2 cm with 714 pristine pages on good quality paper. There are 64 black and white photographs. ISBN 019871131X. "1991-I992 The Odyssey, Nobel Prize. While Omeros was making its likely way towards Stockholm Walcott was once more becoming heavily involved in the theatre. The Trinidad Theatre Workshop had rented the Old Fire House in downtown Port of Spain, which it was slowly restoring to use as an arts centre, the dream of Walcott and others, including the Rockefeller Foundation, for almost two decades. Discussions between Walcott and the Trinidad Theatre Workshop continued like a love affair where both parties wanted to start again, but could not without either side surrendering. T Read more Show Less

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Overview

This is the first full-scale literary biography of Nobel Prize-winning poet and dramatist Derek Walcott. It traces the creative contradictions in his life from colonial St. Lucia, where he was part of a tiny English-speaking Protestant mulatto elite in an overwhelmingly French-Creole Roman Catholic black society, to 1999 when, a star of international literature and a symbol of cultural decolonization, he wanted to be Poet Laureate of England. The author had had access to letters, diaries, uncollected and unpublished writings, and conducted numerous interviews in the Caribbean, North America, and Europe. Walcott is seen as someone driven by the need to justify his life and fulfill his talents before an unknowable God, but who, in mastering the ways of the world often regards himself as an example of fallen humanity. Besides offering an approach to Walcott as a poet, dramatist, theater director, arts critic, and teacher, the book shows how his desire to be a painter influenced his vision and the way he works.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198711315
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Pages: 760
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce King is a freelance editor and writer and the author of Derek Walcott and West Indian Drama and Modern Indian Poetry.

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Table of Contents

I. St Lucia: Formation and Early Writings
1. 1930: The Walcotts of St Lucia
2. 1938-43: Making an Artist, Harold Simmons, Dunstan St Omer
3. 1944-47: From Pantheist to Modernist, James Rodway
4. 1948-49: 25 Poems, Epitaph for the Young, Frank Collymore
5. 1950: The St Lucia Arts Guild, Henri Christophe
II. Jamaica, Grenada, Greenwich Village: First Exile
6. 1950-54: University College of the West Indies, Poems, The Sea at Dauphin
7. 1954-57: First Marriage, Ti-Jean and his Brothers, J. P. Harrison
8. 1958: The West Indian Festival of the Arts, Drums and Colours
9. 1958-59: A Village Life, John Robertson, Malcochon
III. Trinidad: Second Marriage, Second Home, Professional Writer
10. 1959-62: Little Carib Workshop, Alan Ross, Jonathan Cape, In a Green Night
11. 1962-64: Robert Lowell, Farrar Straus and Giroux, Gerald Freund, Selected Poems
12. 1965-66: The Castaway, Trinidad Theatre Workshop
13. 1967-68: Rockefeller Grant, First Tours
14. 1969-70: The Gulf, Dream, at Waterford and Los Angeles, Gordon Davidson.
IV. Trinidad: Black Power, Preparing for Exile. Musicals
15. 1971: Dream on Monkey Mountain, in New York, The New Yorker
16. 1972: Ti-Jean in New York, Joseph Papp, Pat Strachan
17. 1973: Another Life
18. 1974: Joker of Seville, Galt MacDermot
19. 1975-76: O Babylon!, Sea-Grapes, Resignation
V. Tobago, St Croix, New York: Starting Again
20. 1977-78: Remembrance, Pantomime, Joseph Brodsky
21. 1979: The Star-Apple Kingdom, Seamus Heaney
22. 1980-81: New York, MacArthur Award
VI. Boston: Third Marriage, Making It
23. 1981-83: The Fortunate Traveller, The Last Carnival
24. 1984-86: Midsummer, Collected Poems
VII. Boston: North American?, Sigrid
25. 1986-87: The Arkansas Testament
26. 1988-89: International Man of Letters
27. 1987-89: Teacher
28. 1990-91: Omeros
29. 1991-92: The Odyssey, The Nobel Prize
VIII. St Lucia, New York, London: Laureate
30. 1993: Celebrations
31. 1994-96: More Journeys and Homecomings
32. 1996-97: The Bounty
33. 1997-99: The Capeman, Essays, Crowned Again?
Notes Acknowledgements Sources Bibliography Index

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