Derek Walcott: A Caribbean Life by Bruce KingDerek Walcott: A Caribbean Life by Bruce King

Derek Walcott: A Caribbean Life

byBruce King

Hardcover | October 1, 2000

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This is the first 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 blacksociety, to 1999 when, a star of international literature and a symbol of cultural decolonization, he wanted to be Poet Laureate of England. The author has had access to letters, diaries, uncollected and unpublished writings, and conducted numerous interviews in the Caribbean, North America andEurope. Walcott is seen as someone driven by the need to justify his life and fulfil his talents before an unknowable God, but who, in mastering the ways of the world often regards himself as an example of fallen humanity. Besides offering an approach to Walcott as a poet, dramatist, theatredirector, arts critic, and teacher, the book shows how his desire to be a painter influenced his vision and the way he works.
Bruce King is a freelance editor and writer. He has held professorships or distinguished visiting professorships at Ahmadu Bello (Nigeria), Lagos, Stirling, Windsor (Canada), Canterbury (NZ), Ben Gurion (Israel), Angers (France) Paris III, Paris VII, and North Alabama.
Title:Derek Walcott: A Caribbean LifeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:730 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.69 inPublished:October 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

I. St Lucia: Formation and Early Writings1. 1930: The Walcotts of St Lucia2. 1938-43: Making an Artist, Harold Simmons, Dunstan St Omer3. 1944-47: From Pantheist to Modernist, James Rodway4. 1948-49: 25 Poems, Epitaph for the Young, Frank Collymore5. 1950: The St Lucia Arts Guild, Henri ChristopheII. Jamaica, Grenada, Greenwich Village: First Exile6. 1950-54: University College of the West Indies, Poems, The Sea at Dauphin7. 1954-57: First Marriage, Ti-Jean and his Brothers, J. P. Harrison8. 1958: The West Indian Festival of the Arts, Drums and Colours9. 1958-59: A Village Life, John Robertson, MalcochonIII. Trinidad: Second Marriage, Second Home, Professional Writer10. 1959-62: Little Carib Workshop, Alan Ross, Jonathan Cape, In a Green Night11. 1962-64: Robert Lowell, Farrar Straus and Giroux, Gerald Freund, Selected Poems12. 1965-66: The Castaway, Trinidad Theatre Workshop13. 1967-68: Rockefeller Grant, First Tours14. 1969-70: The Gulf, Dream, at Waterford and Los Angeles, Gordon Davidson.IV. Trinidad: Black Power, Preparing for Exile. Musicals15. 1971: Dream on Monkey Mountain, in New York, The New Yorker16. 1972: Ti-Jean in New York, Joseph Papp, Pat Strachan17. 1973: Another Life18. 1974: Joker of Seville, Galt MacDermot19. 1975-76: O Babylon!, Sea-Grapes, ResignationV. Tobago, St Croix, New York: Starting Again20. 1977-78: Remembrance, Pantomime, Joseph Brodsky21. 1979: The Star-Apple Kingdom, Seamus Heaney22. 1980-81: New York, MacArthur AwardVI. Boston: Third Marriage, Making It23. 1981-83: The Fortunate Traveller, The Last Carnival24. 1984-86: Midsummer, Collected PoemsVII. Boston: North American?, Sigrid25. 1986-87: The Arkansas Testament26. 1988-89: International Man of Letters27. 1987-89: Teacher28. 1990-91: Omeros29. 1991-92: The Odyssey, The Nobel PrizeVIII. St Lucia, New York, London: Laureate30. 1993: Celebrations31. 1994-96: More Journeys and Homecomings32. 1996-97: The Bounty33. 1997-99: The Capeman, Essays, Crowned Again?NotesAcknowledgementsSourcesBibliographyIndex

From Our Editors

This authorized biography, by Bruce King, offers a glimpse at the life of Nobel Prize-winning poet and dramatist Derek Walcott. In this study we learn of his childhood in St. Lucia to his rise to fame in 1999 as a star of international literature and a symbol of cultural decolonization. Derek Walcott A Caribbean Life is the product of extensive interviews with Walcott who allowed the author access to his letters, diaries, and uncollected and unpublished writings.

Editorial Reviews

`King ... is firm in his belief that art survives its maker, and speculation on the maker's character often prejudices appreciation of the art. So we are left with the writings, and King's erudite interpretation of its backgrounds. Given King's scholarship ... he is idealy placed to examinethe astonishing range of literatures which have influenced Walcott's work.' David Dabydeen, The Independent, 18/11/00.