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Derek Walcott

Derek Walcott
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Derek Walcott (1930-2017) was born in St. Lucia, the West Indies, in 1930. His Collected Poems: 1948-1984 was published in 1986, and his subsequent works include a book-length poem, Omeros (1990); a collection of verse, The Bounty (1997); and, in an edition illustrated with his own paintings, the long poem Tiepolo's Hound (2000). His numerous plays include The Haitian Trilogy (2001) and Walker and The Ghost Dance (2002). Walcott received the Queen's Medal for Poetry in 1988 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992.

Derek Walcott

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Derek Walcott

The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013

Derek Walcott; Selected by Glyn Maxwell
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A collection spanning the whole of Derek Walcott's celebrated, inimitable, essential career

"He gives us more than himself or ‘a world'; he gives us a sense of...

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Morning, Paramin

Derek Walcott and Peter Doig
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A vibrant meditation on the difficult beauty of the Caribbean, taking the form of a dialogue between a Nobel Prize–winning poet and a renowned figurative painter

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The Joker of Seville and O Babylon!

Derek Walcott
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Since 1959, Derek Walcott has directed and written for the Trinidad Theatre Workshop. The Joker of Seville, a comedy based on Tirso de Molina's El Burlador de Sevilla, was commissioned...

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Midsummer

Derek Walcott
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The poems in this sequence of fifty-four were written to encompass one year, from summer to summer. Their principal themes are the stasis, both stultifying and provocative, of midsummer in the tropics;...

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Three Plays

Derek Walcott
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The three plays in this collection form a triptych--the central play, a farce, is flanked by two dramas. Together they span the last four decades of Trinidad's social and political history, beginning,...

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Tiepolo's Hound

Derek Walcott
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From the Nobel laureate, a book-length poem on two educations in painting, a century apart

"Between me and Venice the thigh of a hound;
my awe of the ordinary, because even as...

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Remembrance and Pantomime

Derek Walcott
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First produced by Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival in 1979, Remembrance is the story of an evasively eloquent retired teacher who cannot reconcile his anachronistic love of British...

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Another Life

Derek Walcott
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

In his longest and most ambitious poem, Derek Walcott reaches beyond an evocative portrayl of his native West Indies to create a moving elegy on himself and on man.

The fascinating and complex...

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The Fortunate Traveller

Derek Walcott
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Derek Walcott has for some time been recognized as one of the most accomplished and resourceful poets writing in English. The volume of his work in The Fortunate Traveller, which contains such...

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Gulf and Other Poems

Derek Walcott
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

As his title suggests, Derek Walcott's new poems--while making beautiful use of Caribbean imagery--are concerned with themes of isolation and the achievement of identity through loneliness. When...

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Sea Grapes

Derek Walcott
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Derek Walcott was aptly described by Laurence Liberman in The Yale Review as "one of the handful of brilliant historic mythologists of our day." Sea Grapes deepens with this major poet's...

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The Star-Apple Kingdom

Derek Walcott
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Most of the poems in this new collection follow the arc of the Caribbean archipelago from Trinidad to Jamaica. The reader is taken on an odyssey, beginning with "The Schooner Flight," in which...

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O Starry Starry Night

Derek Walcott
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Two masterful artists—Gauguin and van Gogh—come alive in a vibrant drama about friendship, art, and madness

Two painters—Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh—are living...

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Moon-Child

Derek Walcott
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In Moon-Child, the poet and playwright Derek Walcott returns to the island of St. Lucia for a lush and vivid tale of spirituality and the supernatural. In this lyrical new work, the crafty...

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White Egrets

Derek Walcott
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A DAZZLING NEW COLLECTION FROM ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT POETS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

In White Egrets, Derek Walcott treats the characteristic subjects of...

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Selected Poems

Derek Walcott; Edited by Edward Baugh
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Drawing from every stage of the Nobel laureate's career, Derek Walcott's Selected Poems brings together famous pieces from his early volumes, including "A Far Cry from Africa" and "A City's...

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The Prodigal

Derek Walcott
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The Prodigal is a journey through physical and mental landscapes, from Greenwich Village to the Alps, Pescara to Milan, Germany to Cartagena. But always in "the music of memory, water," abides...

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Nativity Poems

Nativity Poems

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Christmas poems by the Nobel Laureate

To Him, all things seemed enormous: His mother's breast, the
steam out
of the ox's nostrils, Caspar, Balthazar, Melchior, the team

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Walker and The Ghost Dance

Derek Walcott
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Dazzling dramas on American themes from the Nobel laureate

On a cold winter's day on the Dakota plains, Catherine Weldon receives a caller, Kicking Bear, bringing news of Indian rebellion....

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The Haitian Trilogy

Derek Walcott
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Plays by the Nobel-laureate, brought together for the first time

In the history plays that comprise The Haitian Trilogy--Henri Christophe, Drums and Colours and The...

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What the Twilight Says

Derek Walcott
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The first collection of essays by the Nobel laureate.

Derek Walcott has been publishing essays in The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, and elsewhere for more than twenty years....

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The Bounty

Derek Walcott
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Bounty was the first book of poems Walcott published after winning the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature. Opening with the title poem, a memorable elegy to the poet's mother, the book features...

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Homage to Robert Frost

Homage to Robert Frost

Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney, and Derek Walcott
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Three of our generation's greatest poets explore the misconceptions and mythologies that surround Robert Frost.

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The Odyssey

The Odyssey

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

With its inspired counterpointing of Homeric and Caribbean themes, Derek Walcott's new play, commissioned by Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company, springs from the same imaginative sources as his...

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Omeros

Derek Walcott
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A poem in five books, of circular narrative design, titled with the Greek name for Homer, which simultaneously charts two currents of history: the visible history charted in events -- the tribal losses of the American Indian, the tragedy of African enslavement -- and the interior, unwritten epic fashioned from the suffering of the individual in exile.

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The Arkansas Testament

Derek Walcott
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Derek Walcott's eighth collection of poems, The Arkansas Testament, is divided into two parts--"Here," verse evoking the poet's native Caribbean, and "Elsewhere." It opens with six poems in...

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Collected Poems, 1948-1984

Derek Walcott
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

This remarkable collection, which won the 1986 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry, includes most of the poems from each of Derek Walcott's seven prior books of verse and all of his long...

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Dream on Monkey Mountain and Other Plays

Derek Walcott
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

On a Caribbean island, the morning after a full moon, Felix Hobain tears through the market in a drunken rage. Taken away to sober up in jail, all that night he is gripped by hallucinations: the...

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