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Derek Walcott
Edward Baugh
052155358X
March 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott is one of the Caribbean's most famous writers. His unique voice in poetry, drama and criticism is shaped by his position at the crossroads between Caribbean, British and American culture and by his interest in hybrid identities and diaspora. Edward Baugh's Derek Walcott analyses and evaluates Walcott's entire career over the last fifty years. Baugh guides the reader through the continuities and differences of theme and style in Walcott's poems and plays. Walcott is an avowedly Caribbean writer, acutely conscious of his culture and colonial heritage, but he has also made a lasting contribution to the way we read and value the western literary tradition. This comprehensive survey considers each of Walcott's published books, offering the most up-to-date guide available for students, scholars...


The Prodigal
Derek Walcott
0374237433
Oct 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Travelogue, elegy, autobiography and lush description mingle and merge in the prolific Nobel laureate's latest book-length poem. Walcott (Omeros; Tiepolo's Hound; etc.) has long specialized in poems about places and journeys, and the first parts of his new work sound like more of the same: flowing pentameters remember stints in Milan, Colombia, the Swiss Alps, Manhattan and Berlin, each associated with a brace of elaborate images, as well as with a particularly attractive young woman. Describing these "women who contained their cities" and the history those cities hold, Walcott traces an "untethered pilgrimage" in which "what was altered was something more profound/ than geography, it was the self." If some readers find the first half of the volume unanchored (or too much like Walcott's 1982 book Midsummer), the...


Purgatorio
Dante Alighieri
0451528026
July 2001
Mass Market Paperback
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Review
"In the years of my reading Dante, after the first overwhelming, reverberating spell of the Inferno, which I think never leaves one afterward, it was the Purgatorio that I had found myself returning to with a different, deepening attachment, until I reached a point when it was never far from me . . . Of the three sections of [The Divine Comedy], only Purgatory happens on the earth, as our lives do, with our feet on the ground, crossing a beach, climbing a mountain. All three parts of the poem are images of our lives, but there is an intimacy peculiar to the Purgatorio. Here the times of day recur with all the sensations and associations that the hours bring with them, the hours of the world we are living in as we read the poem."         --from the Foreword --This...


The Odyssey
Derek Walcott
0374523878
July 1993
Paperback
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Book Description
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 epic poem Omeros.

Episodes of the story of Odysseus' protracted wanderings from fallen Troy to his island home of Ithaca are pungently interspersed with a commentary by the blind singer Billy Blue. Proteus, the Old Man of the Sea, the giant Cyclops, Circe and her revellers, ghosts, and mermaids are among the cast. With its vast sweep and richly figurative language, The Odyssey confirms that Derek Walcott is as compelling a playwright as he is a poet.


Omeros
Derek Walcott
0374523509
May 1992
Paperback
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Book Review
Creating an epic poem based on Homer and Odysseus seems a risky proposition for a modern poet, but Derek Walcott accomplishes the feat with stunning results in Omeros. The title, which is Homer's name in Greek, nods to the wandering and exile of the great poet himself, who learned and suffered while traveling. From there, Walcott takes off to "see the cities of many men and to know their minds." After an exhilarating exploration of tremendous proportions, we learn of the past and the present and ride along the rhythm of the words of Walcott in this amazing text.

From Publishers Weekly
This magnificent modern epic by poet-playwright Walcott ( The Arkansas Testament ) follows the wanderings of a present-day Odysseus and the inconsolable sufferings of those who are...


Derek Walcott & West Indian Drama
Bruce King
0198184646
Nov 1997
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Nobel laureate poet and dramatist Walcott founded the Trinidad Theatre Workshop. Walcott's plays, including Ti-Jean and His Brothers, Dream on Monkey Mountain, The Charlatan, and Haytian Earth, are widely acclaimed and have been produced throughout the Caribbean, North America, and Europe. This book recounts the story of how Walcott was able to create this world-class theater company and inspire it with his creativity and energy, also offering a discussion of the ongoing support the company receives from the Rockefeller Foundation. A detailed and scholarly work, this title fills a gap in theater history and is most likely to be read by serious students and historians. Recommended for large academic collections.Howard E. Miller, Alliance Blue Cross & Blue Shield Lib., St. LouisCopyright 1995 Reed Business...


Conversations with Derek Walcott
Derek Walcott
0878058559
January 1996
Textbook Paperback
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Critical Perspectives on Derek Walcott
Robert D. Hamner (Editor)
0894101420
June 1992
Paperback
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Nobody's Nation
Paul Breslin
0226074269
Dec 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
Nobody's Nation offers an illuminating look at the St. Lucian, Nobel-Prize-winning writer, Derek Walcott, and grounds his work firmly in the context of West Indian history. Paul Breslin argues that Walcott's poems and plays are bound up with an effort to re-imagine West Indian society since its emergence from colonial rule, its ill-fated attempt at political unity, and its subsequent dispersal into tiny nation-states.

According to Breslin, Walcott's work is centrally concerned with the West Indies' imputed absence from history and lack of cohesive national identity or cultural tradition. Walcott sees this lack not as impoverishment but as an open space for creation. In his poems and plays, West Indian history becomes a realm of necessity, something to be confronted, contested, and remade through...


Collected Poems in English
Joseph Brodsky
0641711603

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Nobody's Nation
Paul Breslin
0226074277
Oct 2001
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Book Description
Nobody's Nation offers an illuminating look at the St. Lucian, Nobel-Prize-winning writer, Derek Walcott, and grounds his work firmly in the context of West Indian history. Paul Breslin argues that Walcott's poems and plays are bound up with an effort to re-imagine West Indian society since its emergence from colonial rule, its ill-fated attempt at political unity, and its subsequent dispersal into tiny nation-states.

According to Breslin, Walcott's work is centrally concerned with the West Indies' imputed absence from history and lack of cohesive national identity or cultural tradition. Walcott sees this lack not as impoverishment but as an open space for creation. In his poems and plays, West Indian history becomes a realm of necessity, something to be confronted, contested, and remade through...


Derek Walcott: A Caribbean Life
Bruce Alvin King
019871131X
December 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
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...


Tiepolo's Hound
Derek Walcott
0374105871
Apr 2000
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
After writing the Odyssey of his native St. Lucia with Omeros (1990), the epic poem that helped earn him the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature, Walcott has increasingly sought to sensualize the Caribbean landscape within the competing contexts of colonialism, history and Western artistc traditions. The dual narrative of his latest book-length poem looks at these inheritances by intertwining the career of impressionist Camille Pissarro, who was a Sephardic Jew from St. Thomas, with the poet's own quest to revisit a Venetian painting, of a hound, he once saw in New York. As a painter himself, Walcott associates his narrator's artistic island origins with Pissarro's in smooth, masterful couplets: "I still smell linseed oil in the wild views/ Of villages and the tang of turpentine... Salt wind encouraged us, and the...


Dream on Monkey Mountain and Other Plays
Derek Walcott
0374508607
Jan 1971
Paperback
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Review
"Dream on Monkey Mountain 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."--Edith Oliver, The New Yorker


Derek Walcott: Politics and Poetics
Paula Burnett
081301882X
March 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
Paula Burnett offers a new interpretation of the life's work of acclaimed St. Lucian poet, playwright, and Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott. Often regarded as the radical voice of the Third World, his drama and poetry together form a coherent project designed to create a legacy for modern Caribbean society. Illuminating his ideology and the technique that informs his writing, Burnett discusses his unique approach to myth, identity, and aesthetics.


Epic of the Dispossessed: Derek Walcott's Omeros
Robert D. Hamner
0826211240
September 1997
Hardcover
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Derek Walcott Collected Poems 1948-1984
Derek Walcott
0374520259
Jan 1987
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Walcott has written nine books of poetry, beginning with 25 Poems (printed in St. Lucia in 1948) and ending with Midsummer ( LJ 1/84). In Collected Poems , Walcott offers us generous selections from all his books, especially Sea Grapes ( LJ 8/76), and he adds the entire text of Another Life (1974), his autobiography in verse and a tribute to the formative influences of the island of St. Lucia. Walcott is a superb stylist who leaves his signature in complex chains of imagery: "The rain falls like knives/ on the kitchen floor./ The sky's heavy drawer was pulled out too suddenly." Collected Poems will certainly rank as one of the important poetry titles of 1986, and no poetry collection will be complete without it. Strongly recommended. Daniel L. Guillory, English Dept., Millikin Univ., Decatur, Ill.Copyright 1986...


The Arkansas Testament
Derek Walcott
0374520992
Sept 1988
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Despite its title, this is another evocation of Walcott's St. Lucia, a Caribbean paradise of whelk-gatherers, sea grapes, and sugar cane where the poet reads "silvery nouns" and deciphers "scriptures of sand." Walcott is again the consummate phrasemaker, describing a night "with white rum on its breath" and a moon "with a birthmark like Gorbachev's head." He includes a sequence of poignant love poems and concludes with the title poem, a painful examination of the visiting black poet's role in an Arkansas where he "was still nothing." In language that is unfailingly fresh and inventive, Walcott reminds us in every poem that a largely unexperienced world exists just "outside the door." Daniel L. Guillory, Millikin Univ., Decatur, Ill.Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of...


Epic of the Dispossessed: Derek Walcott's Omeros
Robert D. Hamner
0826211526
June 1997
Paperback
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