Derek Walcott

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  • Sarah Fulford (University of Durham)

Derek Walcott was born on 23rd January 1930 in Castries, St Lucia. His mother was a teacher who helped him to publish his first volume of poetry, while his father was a painter who died when Walcott was one year old. Studying at St. Mary's College and educated at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, Walcott gained a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1948 his first small volume of poems was published and he began writing more poetry and plays. A year later his play Henry Christophe was produced and he was awarded the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship to study drama in the United States of America. As a young man Walcott taught in St Lucia, Jamaica and Grenada. From 1959-1979 he ran the Little Carib Theatre Workshop in Port of …

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Citation:
Fulford, Sarah. "Derek Walcott". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 January 2001
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Articles on Walcott's works

  1. Omeros
  2. Sea Grapes
  3. The Prodigal: A Poem
  4. Tiepolo's Hound

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