IntroductionDerek Walcott gave the West Indies a voice. In his plays, poetry, and critical essays, Walcott has long sought to unearth independent identities for the people of the West Indies and to explore the aftereffects of colonization. To do so, Walcott employs a rich mixture of images and language, particularly in his most famous play, Dream on Monkey Mountain. As both poet and dramatist, his writing is a mélange—an appropriate approach given the mixture of cultures in the West Indies. He also uses language to explore his postcolonial concerns by mixing local tongues with English, highlighting the unique identities of West Indian people. In doing so, Walcott’s writing underscores the rich, unique, and complicated culture of the Caribbean.
- In 1959, Walcott founded the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, which seeks to promote works of West Indian theater.
- Though his writing style developed apart from Latin American literature, Walcott’s work has drawn many parallels to the magic realism movement.
- Walcott’s epic poem Omeros, a reimagining of the Odyssey, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992.
- Walcott teaches at Boston University and cofounded in 1981 the Boston Playwright’s Theatre, which specializes in performing new plays.
- One of Walcott’s less successful ventures was cowriting the Broadway musical The Capeman with musician Paul Simon. The costly production was plagued by troubles and poor reviews, closing quickly after its premiere.
- Derek (Alton) Walcott Criticism
- Derek Walcott Criticism (Vol. 14)
- Derek Walcott Criticism (Vol. 160)
- Derek Walcott Criticism (Vol. 2)
- Derek Walcott Criticism (Vol. 4)
- Derek Walcott Criticism (Vol. 9)
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