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Walcott, Derek

Overview
Works: 568 works in 1,560 publications in 12 languages and 50,115 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Interviews  Biography  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Author, Lyricist, Author of screenplay, Interviewee, Speaker, Composer, Signer, Performer, Author of introduction, Other, Creator, Honoree, Dedicatee, Director, Librettist
Classifications: PR9272.9.W3, 811
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Most widely held works by Derek Walcott
Collected poems, 1948-1984 by Derek Walcott ( Book )
41 editions published between 1984 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,090 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Includes most of the poems in each of Walcott's collections as selected by the poet, and the complete text of Another Life
Omeros by Derek Walcott ( Book )
69 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 2,031 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
There are two currents of history in the author's poem, the visible history charted in events - the tribal losses of the American Indian and the tragedy of African enslavement - and the interior, unwritten epic fashioned from the suffering of the individual in exile
The bounty by Derek Walcott ( Book )
22 editions published between 1977 and 2014 in English and held by 1,411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Bounty opens with the title poem, a memorable elegy to Walcott's mother. It also contains a haunting series of poems evoking the poet's native ground, the island of St. Lucia
Selected poems by Derek Walcott ( Book )
19 editions published between 1964 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"... Winner of the Nobel Prize in 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 new Selected Poems, editied by Edward Baugh, provides a map of a domain that is at once parish and universe." From the bookjacket
The prodigal by Derek Walcott ( Book )
21 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 1,296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Do not diminish in my memory villages of absolutely no importance, ... Hoard, cherish your negligible existence, your unrecorded history of unambitious syntax, your clean pools of unpolluted light over close stones. 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 St. Lucia, the author's birthplace, and the living sea. In his new work, Derek Walcott has created a sweeping yet intimate epic of an exhausted Europe studded with church spires and mountains, train stations and statuary, where the New World is an idea, a "wavering map," and where History subsumes the natural history of his "unimportantly beautiful" island home. Here, the wanderer fears that he has been tainted by his exile, that his life has become untranslatable, and that his craft itself is rooted in betrayal of the vivid archipelago to which, like Antaeus, he must return for the very sustenance of life." http://www.loc.gov/catdir/description/hol053/2004005147.html
Dream on Monkey Mountain, and other plays by Derek Walcott ( Book )
48 editions published between 1968 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 impoverished hermit believes he has become a healer, walking from village to village, tending to the sick, waiting for a sign from God. In this dream, his one companion, Moustique, wants to exploit his power. Moustique decides to impersonate a prophet himself, ignoring a coffin-maker who warns him he will die and enraging the people of the island. Hobain, half-awake in his desolate jail cell, terrorized by the specter of his friend's corruption, clings to his visionary quest. He will try to transform himself; to heal Moustique, his jailer, and his jail-mates; and to be a leader for his people. Dream on Monkey Mountain was awarded the 1971 Obie Award for a Distinguished Foreign Play when it was first presented in New York, and Edith Oliver, writing in The New Yorker, called it "a masterpiece." Three of Derek's Walcott's most popular short plays are also included in this volume: Ti-Jean and His Brothers; Malcochon, or The Six in the Rain; and The Sea at Dauphin. In an expansive introductory essay, "What the Twilight Says," the playwright explains his founding of the seminal dramatic company where these works were first performed, the Trinidad Theatre Workshop. First published in 1970, Dream on Monkey Mountain and Other Plays is an essential part of Walcott's vast and important body of work
White egrets : poems by Derek Walcott ( Book )
18 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 1,174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this work, the poet treats the characteristic subjects of his career, the Caribbean's complex colonial legacy, his love of the Western literary tradition, the wisdom that comes through the passing of time, the always strange joys of new love, and the sometimes terrifying beauty of the natural world, with an intensity and drive that recall his greatest work. Through the mesmerizing repetition of theme and imagery, he creates an almost surflike cadence, broadening the possibilities of rhyme and meter, poetic form and language. This work is a moving new collection from one of the most important poets of the twentieth century, a celebration of the life and language of the West Indies. It is also a triumphant paean to beauty, love, art, and, perhaps most surprisingly, getting older
Homage to Robert Frost by Joseph Brodsky ( Book )
14 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 1,120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Three modern poets look at Frost's work and legacy
Midsummer by Derek Walcott ( Book )
21 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in English and held by 1,006 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Arkansas testament by Derek Walcott ( Book )
27 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 997 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Walcott's eight collection of poems is divided into two parts -- "There," verse evoking the poet's native Carribbean, and "Elsewhere."
What the twilight says : essays by Derek Walcott ( Book )
17 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and held by 925 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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. What the Twilight Says collects these pieces to form a volume of remarkable elegance, concision, and brilliance. It includes Walcott's moving and insightful examinations of the paradoxes of Caribbean culture, his Nobel lecture, and his reckoning of the work and significance of such poets as Robert Lowell, Joseph Brodsky, Robert Frost, Les Murray, and Ted Hughes, and of prose writers such as V. S. Naipaul and Patrick Chamoiseau. On every subject he takes up, Walcott the essayist brings to bear the lyric power and syncretic intelligence that have made him one of the major poetic voices of our time.Derek Walcott was born in St. Lucia in 1930. His recent works include Omeros (FSG, 1990) and The Bounty (FSG, 1997). He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. He lives in New York City and Castries, St. Lucia
Tiepolo's hound by Derek Walcott ( Book )
29 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Published with twenty-six 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."--Jacket
The star-apple kingdom by Derek Walcott ( Book )
16 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Star-Apple Kingdom is a book written by the author Derek Walcott
The fortunate traveller by Derek Walcott ( Book )
16 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Derek Walcott has for some time been recognized as one of the most accomplished and resourceful poets writing in English. This volume of his work, which contains such poems as "Olde New England" and "Piano Practice" cements this reputation
The Odyssey : a stage version by Derek Walcott ( Book )
29 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 740 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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
Latin American writers at work ( Book )
6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
" ... collection of interviews with some of the most important and acclaimed Latin American writers of our time ..."--P. [4] of cover
Walker ; and The ghost dance by Derek Walcott ( Book )
8 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Walker, first performed in 1992 and revived (in a revised version) in 2001, is named for David Walker, the nineteenth-century black abolitionist from Boston who advocated violent revolt against slavery and galvanized his generation. In Walcott's hands he is a classical hero, a political leader who is also a poet." "The Ghost Dance takes place on a cold winter's day in Dakota, when Kicking Bear brings news of a rebellion to a white widow named Catherine Weldon; when the alarm seeps into the tiny fort nearby, its mixed company splinters apart in the face of the perceived threat. First performed in 1989, it is a parable of American life at a crossroads, drawn from a story with a historical conclusion: Sitting Bull and his Sioux followers will die at the hands of the Army and Indian agents."--BOOK JACKET
Remembrance & Pantomime : two plays by Derek Walcott ( Book )
11 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 commpunity in independent Trinidad. "A lyrical, audience-pleasing work" (Variety). Mr. Walcott is a poet, and his writing is of a quality we seldom hear in the theatre" (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. "A brilliantly extended set of variations on the master-and-servant relationship" (The Times). "Gentle wit, immaculately placed irony" (New Statesman). "Dazzling theatrical virtuosity" (Financial Times)
Sea grapes by Derek Walcott ( Book )
12 editions published between 1976 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 search for true images of the post-Adamic "new world"--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, "Derek Walcott handles English with a closer understanding of its inner magic than most (if not any) of his English-born contemporaries." 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
Tongues of fallen angels; conversations with Jorge Luis Borges [and others by Selden Rodman ( Book )
1 edition published in 1974 in English and held by 557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Walcott, Derek A. 1930-
Walcott, Derek Alton 1930-
Wālkūt, Dīrīk 1930-
ديريك والكوت، 1930-
والكوت، ديرك
ウォルコット, デレク
ウォルコット, デレック
デレク・ウォルコット
Languages
English (498)
German (10)
Spanish (9)
Italian (7)
French (3)
Japanese (2)
Danish (2)
Catalan (2)
Arabic (1)
Greek, Modern (1)
Korean (1)
Dutch (1)
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