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 black society, to 1999 when, a star of international literature and a symbol of cultural decolonisation, he wanted to be Poet Laureate of England. The author has had access to letters, diaries, uncollected and unpublished writings, and has conducted numerous interviews in the Caribbean, North America and Europe. 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, theatre director, arts critic, and teacher, the book shows how his desire to be a painter influenced his vision and the way he works.
Very good+ condition. Head and tail of spine are bumped but boards are otherwise clean and undamaged. There are one or two marks to the page edges but internally the book is pristine. Binding is tight. Dust wrapper shows some curling and creasing along its upper edge with rubbed corners but is otherwise clean and in very good condition. Derek Walcott has signed on the ffep.