Great World Writers: Twentieth Century - Vol. 11

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Derek Walcott

BORN: January 23, 1930, Castries, Saint Lucia

IDENTIFICATION: Postcolonial Caribbean poet whose work, dealing mainly with isolation, colonial history, and race, represents a fusion of African, European, and Caribbean influences.

SIGNIFICANCE: Derek Walcott, the first Caribbean writer to win the Nobel Prize for literature (1992), is prized in Europe and the Americas for his poetry and plays. Dividing his time between Trinidad, where he lives, and Massachusetts, where he teaches, Walcott is a writer enriched by the New and Old Worlds, both of which he cherishes. The European literature and culture that linger in the West Indies are alive in his writing, as is the French-English patois of his native Saint Lucia. He weaves together and quarrels with the cultures that intersect in his life. Though Walcott speaks English almost as a second language, he uses it far more forcefully and eloquently than many a native speaker.

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  • Title Page 1441
  • Contents 1443
  • Muriel Spark 1445
  • John Millington Synge 1463
  • Rabindranath Tagore 1485
  • Kōtarō Jakamura 1501
  • Dylan Thomas 1511
  • J. R. R. Tolkien 1529
  • Mario Vargas Llosa 1551
  • Derek Walcott 1567
  • Index 1583
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