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Derek Alton Walcott was born in Castries, St. Lucia on January 23, 1930. He received a bachelor's degree in French, Latin, and Spanish at the University of the West Indies in 1953. He also began writing plays. His first play, about the revolutionary Haitian leader Henri Christophe, was produced in St. Lucia in 1950. He taught at schools in St. Lucia, Grenada and Jamaica while continuing to write and stage plays. His plays included Lone, Sea at Dauphin, Ti-Jean and His Brothers, Malcochon, and Dream on Monkey Mountain. He later wrote the book and collaborated with the singer and songwriter Paul Simon on the lyrics for The Capeman, a musical about a Puerto Rican gang member who murdered three people in Manhattan in 1959. He was a professor at Boston University from 1981 until retiring in 2007. His metaphorical poetry captured the physical beauty of the Caribbean, the harsh legacy of colonialism, and the complexities of living and writing in two cultural worlds His collections of poetry included In a Green Night, Selected Poems, The Castaway, The Gulf, Sea Grapes, Another Life, Omeros, Tiepolo's Hound, and The Prodigal. He received the Queens Medal for Poetry, the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992, and the T. S. Eliot Prize for his poetry collection, White Egrets, in 2011. He died on March 17, 2017 at the age of 87. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Omeros 1,025 copies, 19 reviews
Collected Poems, 1948-1984 474 copies, 3 reviews
Selected Poems 161 copies, 2 reviews
White Egrets 150 copies, 8 reviews
The prodigal 119 copies, 3 reviews
Tiepolo's Hound 116 copies, 2 reviews
The Bounty 109 copies
What the Twilight Says: Essays 96 copies, 1 review
Midsummer 89 copies
Homage to Robert Frost (Contributor) 55 copies
The Antilles 46 copies
Another Life 34 copies
Sea Grapes 30 copies, 1 review
Three Plays 15 copies
Castaway 11 copies
Pantomime 2 copies
Islas 1 copy
Poemas 1 copy
Salsa 1 copy
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (Contributor, some editions) 853 copies, 7 reviews
Ten Poems to Change Your Life (Contributor) 311 copies, 4 reviews
The Best American Poetry 2000 (Contributor) 201 copies
The Art of Losing (Contributor) 167 copies, 20 reviews
The Best American Poetry 1997 (Contributor) 161 copies
The Best American Poetry 1998 (Contributor) 156 copies
The Best American Poetry 2009 (Contributor) 127 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 2010 (Contributor) 110 copies, 3 reviews
Granta 109: Work (Contributor) 106 copies
Emergency Kit (Contributor, some editions) 100 copies, 1 review
Norton Book of Friendship (Contributor) 89 copies
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