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 The 200 pages of detailed notes and commentary offered in this annotated edition draw to a great extent on unpublished sources to provide a useful resource for both teachers and students.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.