Derek Walcott - Author

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Derek Walcott was born in St Lucia, in the West Indies, in 1930. The author of many plays and books of poetry, he was awarded the Queen's Medal for Poetry in 1988, and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992. He now divides his time between homes in St Lucia and New York.

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Another Life Fully Annotated

Another Life Fully Annotated

Author: Derek Walcott, Edward Baugh, Colbert I. Nepaulsingh Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/08/2018

This near-definitive study sets a new standard for the kind of meticulous scholarship that Nobel laureate Derek Walcott's poetry deserves. Another Life , Walcott's masterpiece of autobiography in verse. (D.J. McClatchy, writing in The New Republic , called it 'one of the best long autobiographical poems in English, with the narrative sweep, the lavish layering of details, and the mythic resonance of a certain classic'), is an ideal point of entry into Walcott's work. The two-hundred pages of detailed notes and commentary offered in this annotated edition - drawing to a great extent on unpublished sources - provide an invaluable resource for both teachers and students.Equally important, this book will enhance the accessibility of Walcott's poetry and personal history for all readers. This near-definitive study sets a new standard for the kind of meticulous scholarship that Nobel laureate Derek Walcott's poetry deserves, at the same time that it enhances the accessibility of Walcott's history and poetry for the general reader.

The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013

The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013

Author: Derek Walcott Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/08/2018

The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013 draws from every stage of the poet's storied career. Here are examples of his very earliest work, like 'In My Eighteenth Year', published when the poet himself was still a teenager; his first widely celebrated verse, like 'A Far Cry from Africa', which speaks of violence, of loyalties divided in one's very blood; his mature work, like 'The Schooner Flight' from The Star-Apple Kingdom; and his late masterpieces, like the tender 'Sixty Years After', from the 2010 collection White Egrets. Across sixty-five years, Walcott has grappled with the themes that have defined his work as they have defined his life: the unsolvable riddle of identity; the painful legacy of colonialism on his native Caribbean island of St Lucia; the mysteries of faith and love; the trauma of growing old, of losing friends, family, one's own memory. This collection, selected by Walcott's friend the poet Glyn Maxwell, will prove as enduring as the questions, the passions, that have driven Walcott to write for more than half a century.

Bearden's Odyssey Poets Respond to the Art of Romare Bearden

Bearden's Odyssey Poets Respond to the Art of Romare Bearden

Author: Derek Walcott, Chris Abani Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/03/2017

Borrowing from Romare Bearden's aesthetic palette and inspired by his Odysseus series, Bearden's Odyssey gathers, for the first time, poems from thirty-five of the most revered African diaspora poets in the United States. Poetic echoes come forth in themes of inspiration with historical intersections of one of the greatest visual artists of the twentieth century. The award-winning editors, Kwame Dawes and Matthew Shenoda, assemble an esteemed literary congregation, with original poems by Chris Abani, Rita Dove, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Ed Roberson, Aracelis Girmay, Yusef Komunyakaa, and more. With a powerful foreword by Nobel laureate Derek Walcott and stunning visual reproductions of select Bearden masterpieces, this anthology fuses art and literature, standing as a testament to Romare Bearden's power and influence in the contemporary artistic world.

Morning, Paramin

Morning, Paramin

Author: Derek Walcott Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/10/2016

A collaboration between one of the world's most eminent poets, Nobel Prize-winner Derek Walcott, and one of its most coveted painters, Peter Doig. Through a long-standing friendship and creative affinity the two great artists have together produced a stunning full-colour book of fifty paintings and original poems.

Morning, Paramin

Morning, Paramin

Author: Derek Walcott Format: eBook Release Date: 13/09/2016

A collaboration between one of the world's most eminent poets, Nobel Prize-winner Derek Walcott, and one of its most coveted painters, Peter Doig. Through a long-standing friendship and creative affinity the two great artists have together produced a stunning full-colour book of fifty paintings and original poems.

Tiepolo's Hound

Tiepolo's Hound

Author: Derek Walcott Format: eBook Release Date: 09/09/2014

From the Nobel laureate, a book-length poem on two educations in painting, a century apart"e;Between me and Venice the thigh of a hound;my awe of the ordinary, because even as I write,paused on a step of this couplet, I have never foundits image again, a hound in astounding light."e;Tiepolo's Hound joins the quests of two Caribbean men: Camille Pissarro--a Sephardic Jew born in 1830 who leaves his native St. Thomas to follow his vocation as a painter in Paris--and the poet himself, who longs to rediscover a detail--"e;a slash of pink on the inner thigh / of a white hound"e;--of a Venetian painting encountered on an early visit from St. Lucia to New York. Both journeys take us through a Europe of the mind's eye, in search of a connection between the lost, actual landscape of a childhood and the mythical landscape of empire.Published with twenty-five full-color reproductions of Derek Walcott's own paintings, the poem is at once the spiritual biography of a great artist in self-imposed exile, a history in verse of Impressionist painting, and a memoir of the poet's desire to catch the visual world in more than words.

Three Plays

Three Plays

Author: Derek Walcott Format: eBook Release Date: 09/09/2014

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, in The Last Carnival, with the colonial life-style of a French Creole family faced with the emergence of the Black Power movement, and ending, in A Branch of the Blue Nile, with the conflict among members of a small theatre company in contemporary Port-of-Spain. Beef, No Chicken, the middle play, deals with the corruption of a small town in a hurry to catch up with the industrialization that a new highway will bring. The Last Carnival is an entirely new version of Walcott's earlier, unpublished play, In a Fine Castle. It had its American premiere with the Group Theatre Company in Seattle in 1983. Beef, No Chicken premiered at the Yale Repertory Theatre's Winterfest series in 1982. A Branch of the Blue Nile was given its Caribbean premiere by State One in Barbados in 1983.

Star-Apple Kingdom

Star-Apple Kingdom

Author: Derek Walcott Format: eBook Release Date: 09/09/2014

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 "e;The Schooner Flight,"e; in which a poor mulatto sailor abandons his life in Trinidad, sailing northward to meet his fate, and ending with "e;The Star-Apple Kingdom,"e; a long poem whose axis is the crucial attempt to establish a new social order in Jamaica without sacrificing democracy. Other poems speak through various personae: "e;Koenig of the River"e; marks the end of a saga of nineteenth-century exploration and conquest through the Conradian image of a missionary-soldier whose comrades have been lost at sea; "e;The Saddhu of Couva"e; describes the lament of an Indian priest for a fading spirituality; "e;Egypt, Tobago"e; places Mark Antony on a beach in the glare of afternoon. Two poems are dedicated to fellow poets--Josephy Brodsky and Robert Lowell.In The Star-Apple Kingdom, Walcott's precise and inventive imagery is enriched by frequent exploitation of the tonal aspects of dialect. He has absorbed into poetry the normal resources of fiction--to the point where fact crystallizes into metaphor. As John Thompson recently commented in The New York Review of Books: "e;Walcott writes now as a man who knows exactly what he is doing. His style is that of the best language of our period."e;

Sea Grapes

Sea Grapes

Author: Derek Walcott Format: eBook Release Date: 09/09/2014

Derek Walcott was aptly described by Laurence Liberman in The Yale Review as "e;one of the handful of brilliant historic mythologists of our day."e; Sea Grapes deepens with this major poet's search for true images of the post-Adamic "e;new world"e;--especially those of his native Caribbean culture. Walcott's rich and vital naming of the forms of island life is complemented by poems set in America and England, by inward-turning meditations, and by invocations of other poets--Osip Mandelstam, Walt Whitman, Frank O'Hara, James Wright, and Pablo Neruda.On the publication of Selected Poems in 1963, Robert Graves wrote, "e;Derek Walcott handles English with a closer understanding of its inner magic than most (if not any) of his English-born contemporaries."e; This collection of new poems in every way confirms Walcott's mastery. He is also the author of The Gulf, Dream on Monkey Mountain and Other Plays, and Another Life.

Midsummer

Midsummer

Author: Derek Walcott Format: eBook Release Date: 09/09/2014

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; the pull of the sea, family, and friendship on one whose cricumstances lead to separation; the relationship of poetry to painting; and the place of a poet between two cultures.Walcott records, with his distinctive linguistic blend of soaring imagery and plainly stated facts, the experience of a mid-lief period--in reality and in memory or the imagination. As Louis Simpson wrote on the publication of Wacott's The Fortunate Traveller, "e;Walcott is a spellbinder. Of how many poets can it be said that their poems are compelling--not a mere stringing together of images and ideas but language that delights in itself, rhythms that seem spontaneous, scenes that are vividly there?...The poet who can write like this is a master."e;

Remembrance and Pantomime

Remembrance and Pantomime

Author: Derek Walcott Format: eBook Release Date: 09/09/2014

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 culture with the evolution of his family and community in independent Trinidad. "e;A lyrical, audience-pleasing work"e; (Variety). Mr. Walcott is a poet, and his writing is of a quality we seldom hear in the theatre"e; (The New Yorker).Pantomime is a fast-paced comedy set in Tobaco. In the hope of entertaining future guests, an English hotel owner proposes that he and his black handyman work up a satire on the Robinson Crusoe story. The play was produced by BBC Radio and London's Keskidee Theatre in 1979. "e;A brilliantly extended set of variations on the master-and-servant relationship"e; (The Times). "e;Gentle wit, immaculately placed irony"e; (New Statesman). "e;Dazzling theatrical virtuosity"e; (Financial Times).

Joker of Seville and O Babylon!

Joker of Seville and O Babylon!

Author: Derek Walcott Format: eBook Release Date: 09/09/2014

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 by England's Royal Shakespeare Company. Walcott's sensitivity to the pacing, meter, and lyricism of the original makes his first attempt at adaptation an extraordinary accomplishment. O Babylon! brings life the Rastafarian sect in Jamaica, which grew during Marcus Garvey's exile to that country and has recently been popularized through the lyrics of reggae music.Mr. Walcott's plays have been produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and the Negro Ensemble Company. Dream on Monkey Mountain, the title play of his earlier collection, won the Obie Award for a Distringuished Foreign Play when produced in New York in 1971. It was deemed "e;a masterpiece"e; by Edith Oliver in The New Yorker. "e;Dream on Monkey Mountain,"e; she wrote, "e;is a poem in dramatic form or a drama in poetry, and poetry is rare in the modern theatre. Every line of it plays....there is a sound psychological basis for every action and emotion."e;

Gulf and Other Poems

Gulf and Other Poems

Author: Derek Walcott Format: eBook Release Date: 09/09/2014

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 it was published in England in 1969, The Gulf was awarded the Cholmondeley prize for poetry. As the London Times wrote, "e;His new collection is as noble and stern and grand as Milton...Walcott writes with a tropical glory of images; handles his huge pyrotechnic vocabulary with iron-discipline , verve and nerve...His glittering intelligence and luxurious command of sensation fuse in a mastery of images which burst in the brain like balls of phosphorescent fire."e;The subject of the title poem is the alienation and isolation of an Americawhere filling-station signsproclaim the Gulf, an air, heavy with gassickens the state, from Newark to New Orleans.The central figure in the Caribbean poems is a Robinson Crusoe-like castaway, who "e;learns again the self-creating peace of islands."e;

Fortunate Traveller

Fortunate Traveller

Author: Derek Walcott Format: eBook Release Date: 09/09/2014

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 poems as "e;Olde New England"e; and "e;Piano Practice,"e; cements this reputation.

Another Life

Another Life

Author: Derek Walcott Format: eBook Release Date: 09/09/2014

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 matrix of the author's life is illuminated with our candor, verve, and strength. Over four thousand lines of verse are grouped into four parts. He evokes scenes of his divided childhood, in which children live in shacks while fine khaki-clothed Englishmen drink tea. He depicts the influence of three intimate friends, including his first love, Anna, on his emergence as a man and artist. He chronicles the mixed remorse and resolution of maturity. He recalls of his youth: "e;We were blessed with a virginal, unpainted world / with Adam's task of giving things their names..."e; Yet in retrospect he acknowledges the irony of his artistic reliance on metaphor to transform reality--his search for "e;another life"e;When the author's most recent collection of poetry, The Gulf, was published, Selden Rodman wrote in The New York Times Book Review: "e;Now, with the publication of his fourth book of verse, Walcott's stature in the front rank of all contemporary poets using English should be apparent."e; Chad Walsh in Book World said: "e;I am convinced one of the half-dozen most imporant poets now writing in English. He may prove to be the best."e;Another Life helps to fulfill this prophecy.

The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013

The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013

Author: Derek Walcott Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2014

'He gives us more than himself or 'a world'; he gives us a sense of infinity embodied in the language.' Alongside Joseph Brodsky's words of praise one might mention the more concrete honours that the renowned poet Derek Walcott has received: a MacArthur Fellowship; the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry; the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013 draws from every stage of the poet's storied career. Here are examples of his very earliest work, like 'In My Eighteenth Year,' published when the poet himself was still a teenager; his first widely celebrated verse, like 'A Far Cry from Africa,' which speaks of violence, of loyalties divided in one's very blood; his mature work, like 'The Schooner Flight' from The Star-Apple Kingdom; and his late masterpieces, like the tender 'Sixty Years After,' from the 2010 collection White Egrets. Across sixty-five years, Walcott has grappled with the themes that have defined his work as they have defined his life: the unsolvable riddle of identity; the painful legacy of colonialism on his native Caribbean island of St. Lucia; the mysteries of faith and love and the natural world; the Western canon, celebrated and problematic; the trauma of growing old, of losing friends, family, one's own memory. This collection, selected by Walcott's friend the English poet Glyn Maxwell, will prove as enduring as the questions, the passions, that have driven Walcott to write for more than half a century.

White Egrets

White Egrets

Author: Derek Walcott Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/01/2011

In White Egrets, Derek Walcott treats his characteristic subjects - the Caribbean's complex colonial legacy, the Western artistic tradition, the blessings and withholdings of old Europe (Andalucia, the Mezzogiorno, Amsterdam), the unaccomodating sublime of the new world, time's cunning passages, the poet's place in all of this - with a passionate intensity and drive that recall his greatest work. Through the systolic and mesmerizing repetition of theme and imagery, Walcott carries his surf-like cadence from poem to poem, and from sequence to sequence in this celebratory and close-knit collection.

Queen and Country Steve McQueen

Queen and Country Steve McQueen

Author: Derek Walcott Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/02/2010

Selected Poems of Derek Walcott

Selected Poems of Derek Walcott

Author: Derek Walcott Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2009

This new Selected Poems offers an ordered retrospective of the fertile career of Derek Walcott, spanning six decades and drawing on twelve collections. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992, Walcott has, in the words of Seamus Heaney, 'moved with gradually deepening confidence to found his own poetic domain, independent of the tradition he inherited yet not altogether orphaned from it.'

The Prodigal

The Prodigal

Author: Derek Walcott Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/02/2006

The Prodigal, Derek Walcott's new collection, is a dazzling odyssey for the twenty-first century. Beginning on America's East Coast, the poem journeys restlessly through the European continent, exploring the inheritance of the Old World upon Walcott's native St Lucia, and sees the poet wondering about his own sense of abandonment, whether to leave a place is to lose it. The Prodigal is a compelling steer between exile and belonging, Europe and the New World, wanderlust and the inevitable pull of home.

Another Life Fully Annotated

Another Life Fully Annotated

Author: Derek Walcott Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/01/2004

This study offers a meticulous critique of Nobel laureate Derek Walcott's poetry. Another Life , Walcott's masterpiece of autobiography in verse, has of course been widely praised. D.J. McClatchy, for example, writing in The New Republic , called it one of the best long autobiographical poems in English, with the narrative sweep, the lavish layering of details, and the mythic resonance of a certain classic . It is also, though, an ideal point of entry into Walcott's work. The 200 pages of detailed notes and commentary offered in this annotated edition draw to a great extent on unpublished sources to provide a useful resource for both teachers and students. Equally important, the book should enhance the accessibility of Walcott's history and poetry for all readers.

Tiepolo's Hound

Tiepolo's Hound

Author: Derek Walcott Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2001

A magnificent, semi-autobiographical sequence from a Nobel Prize-winning poet, Tiepolo's Hound joins the quests of two Caribbean men: Camille Pissarro - a Sephardic Jew born in 1830 who leaves his native St. Thomas to become a painter in Paris - and the poet himself, who longs to rediscover the detail of a painting encountered on an early visit from St. Lucia to New York. Published with 25 full-colour reproductions of Derek Walcott's own paintings, the poem is at once the spiritual biography of a great artist in self-imposed exile, a history in verse of Impressionist painting, and a memoir of the poet's desire to catch the visual world in more than words.

What the Twilight Says

What the Twilight Says

Author: Derek Walcott Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/11/1998

This is the first collection of essays and critical writings by the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature of 1992 and the Caribbean's greatest poet. Derek Walcott has long held a unique position in the world of Caribbean letters and - beyond that - in the literary consciousness of Great Britain, the United States and the rest of the world. He is one of the most accomplished poets of his generation and a profound thinker on the artistic and political questions which impinge on his mind - and ours. Among the subjects which come under his consideration in this collection are the examples of his poetic mentors and confreres, Robert Lowell, Joseph Brodsky and Seamus Heaney, and the political issues raised by the writings of his fellow-Caribbeans V.S. Naipaul and Patrick Chamoiseau. The intellectual passion and metaphorical vigour which heighten Derek Walcott's poetry are plainly apparent in his prose as well.

Omeros

Omeros

Author: Derek Walcott Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/01/1998

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.

Monsters, Tricksters and Sacred Cows Animal Tales and American Identities

Monsters, Tricksters and Sacred Cows Animal Tales and American Identities

Author: Derek Walcott Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/03/1996

The 1992 Quincentennial of the encounter between the New World and the Old resulted in a veritable culture war - an extreme polarization of hardened ideological positions on different ideas of America. Monsters, Tricksters, and Sacred Cows brings a fresh perspective to the confusing question of American identity. It clears the minefields laid by the generals commanding the opposing camps, while demonstrating that both sides have been primarily interested in protecting and defending an idea of Americanness that cannot resist scrutiny. Some of the leading international scholars in anthropology, comparative literature, and history of the Americas show convincingly in this book that contacts between and among peoples and ethnic groups have, since early colonial times, produced new - and typically American - cultural forms throughout the hemisphere. Monsters, Tricksters, and Sacred Cows will appeal to the general reader and will attract a wide readership in folklore and cultural anthropology as well as in Caribbean and Latin American studies, comparative literature, and history.

Monsters, Tricksters and Sacred Cows Animal Tales and American Identities

Monsters, Tricksters and Sacred Cows Animal Tales and American Identities

Author: Derek Walcott Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/03/1996

The 1992 Quincentennial of the encounter between the New World and the Old resulted in a veritable culture war - an extreme polarization of hardened ideological positions on different ideas of America. Monsters, Tricksters, and Sacred Cows brings a fresh perspective to the confusing question of American identity. It clears the minefields laid by the generals commanding the opposing camps, while demonstrating that both sides have been primarily interested in protecting and defending an idea of Americanness that cannot resist scrutiny. Some of the leading international scholars in anthropology, comparative literature, and history of the Americas show convincingly in this book that contacts between and among peoples and ethnic groups have, since early colonial times, produced new - and typically American - cultural forms throughout the hemisphere. Monsters, Tricksters, and Sacred Cows will appeal to the general reader and will attract a wide readership in folklore and cultural anthropology as well as in Caribbean and Latin American studies, comparative literature, and history.

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