Derek Walcott, What the Twilight Says

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What the Twilight Says

is the first collection of prose writing by the Caribbean Nobel laureate Derek Walcott. It was first published in 1998 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in the U.S. and by Faber & Faber in Great Britain (all references in this entry are to the Faber & Faber edition). The collection is divided into three sections. The first consists of three wide-ranging essays of cultural criticism: “What the Twilight Says”, “The Muse of History”, and Walcott’s Nobel Prize Lecture, “The Antilles: Fragments of Epic Memory”. The second section consists of ten essays of literary criticism and incorporates contributions by Walcott to a range of publications, including

The New York Review of Books


The Atlantic,


The New Republic

over a period of approximately twenty years.…

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Citation: Seeger, Sean. "What the Twilight Says". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 May 2015 [, accessed 26 May 2024.]

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