Derek Walcott Biography

Poet, Playwright (1930–2017)
Nobel laureate Derek Walcott was a West Indian poet and playwright noted for works that explore the Caribbean cultural experience.


Derek Walcott was best known for his poetry, beginning with In a Green Night: Poems 1948–1960 (1962), a book typical of his early poetry in its celebration of the Caribbean landscape's natural beauty. In his poem Omeros, he retold the dramas of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey in a 20th-century Caribbean setting. He wrote more than 30 plays and in 1992 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Walcott died on March 17, 2017 at his home in St. Lucia. He was 87. 

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