Region loses top playwright

Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott passed away at his home about 7:30 a.m. today after a prolonged illness.

He was 87.

The St Lucian poet and playwright received the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was Professor of Poetry at the University of Essex from 2010 to 2013.

The late Derek Walcott

His works include the Homeric epic poem Omeros (1990), which many critics view as Walcott’s major achievement.

In addition to the Nobel prize, Walcott has won many literary awards over the course of his career, including an Obie Award in 1971 for his play Dream on Monkey Mountain, a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award, a Royal Society of Literature Award, the Queen’s Medal for Poetry, the inaugural OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, the 2011 T. S. Eliot Prize for his book of poetry White Egrets and the Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry Lifetime Recognition Award in 2015.

(St Lucia Online)


4 Responses to Region loses top playwright

  1. Marsha Hinds
    Marsha Hinds March 17, 2017 at 10:24 am

    …..quinessentially Caribbean…..

    Although I feel slighted you certainly have done your bit…

    Walk good.

  2. Sam Clarke March 17, 2017 at 2:48 pm


  3. Piankhy Yeknalas March 17, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Prompted to note that the Comrade has joined an endless line of ancestors. Rest eternally. Proud to have taught some of your work.

  4. Tony Webster March 17, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Thanks be to God, we have been granted such a man.

    Thanks be to God, we can learn from his wisdom of the human condition, the better to understand ourselves as infividusls, and thereby, to appreciate all others as individual human beings.

    Thanks be to God, that He shall send us others of his ilk.

    Please God, give us the grace to recognise, uplift, read, enjoy, and enrich our lives, by similar blessings carried by our younger brethren, as they emerge and flower.

    May he rest in a place of Grace, and may those who mourn, be comforted.


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