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Derek Walcott Dead at 87 – Cause of death not known

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Washington: Renowned author and poet, Derek Walcott, is no more. The Nobel Prize winner for literature reportedly died early Friday morning. He was 87.

Latest reports suggest that the Nobel laureate, Derek Walcott, was not keeping well for quite sometimes and had returned home recently from hospital stay. He passed away at around 7:30 am at his home. He was unwell and was admitted to hospital regularly for medical care.

Derek Walcott Dead at 87

Born in the year 1930, Derek Walcott was awarded 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature. His contributions in literature are thought to be enormous. A Professor of Poetry at the University of Essex from 2010 to 2013, his works include the Homeric epic poem Omeros (1990), which many critics view “as Walcott’s major achievement.”

He was much more than merely a Nobel Prize winner for literature. Other awards he was presented over the last several decades included Obie Award in 1971, 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.

A BBC report said that he was one of the greatest Caribbean poets. The BBC report while talking about him says, “His winning collection for the TS Eliot Prize, White Egrets, was called “a moving, risk-taking and technically flawless book by a great poet”. The Nobel Committee, announcing his prize, said: “His poetry acquires at one and the same time singular lustre and great force… Walcott’s style is melodious and sensitive.”

Walcott was not trained to be a writer. Many people will be amazed to know that he was initially trained as a painter. But he made a very early start, at least when it comes to poetry. Walcott published his first poem at just 14 years of age. The poem was published in a local newspaper and this might have prompted him to think of literature as a good option for his future.

His first collection that got him fame and recognition came in the year 1962. In a Green Night: Poems 1948-1960 got great reviews and literary circles recognized his genius. As a playwright his debut came with Dream a Monkey Mountain, which was produced on NBC-TV in the USS.

A spokesperson for his publisher, Jeff Seroy, said St. Lucia-born Walcott died shortly after 5 a.m. on Friday. The cause of death was not immediately known, but Seroy said Walcott had been ill for some time and had recently returned home from a hospital stay.

Plays
(1950) Henri Christophe: A Chronicle in Seven Scenes
(1951) Harry Dernier: A Play for Radio Production
(1953) Wine of the Country
(1954) The Sea at Dauphin: A Play in One Act
(1957) Ione
(1958) Drums and Colours: An Epic Drama
(1958) Ti-Jean and His Brothers
(1966) Malcochon: or, Six in the Rain
(1967) Dream on Monkey Mountain
(1970) In a Fine Castle
(1974) The Joker of Seville
(1974) The Charlatan (play)|The Charlatan
(1976) O Babylon!
(1977) Remembrance
(1978) Pantomime
(1980) The Joker of Seville and O Babylon!: Two Plays
(1982) The Isle Is Full of Noises
(1984) The Haitian Earth
(1986) Three Plays: The Last Carnival, Beef, No Chicken, and A Branch of the Blue Nile)
(1991) Steel
(1993) Odyssey: A Stage Version
(1997) The Capeman (book and lyrics, both in collaboration with Paul Simon)
(2002) Walker and The Ghost Dance
(2011) Moon-Child
(2014) O Starry Starry Night
Other books
(1990) The Poet in the Theatre, Poetry Book Society (London)
(1993) The Antilles: Fragments of Epic Memory Farrar, Straus (New York)
(1996) Conversations with Derek Walcott, University of Mississippi (Jackson, MS)
(1996) (With Joseph Brodsky and Seamus Heaney) Homage to Robert Frost, Farrar, Straus (New York)
(1998) What the Twilight Says (essays), Farrar, Straus (New York, NY)
(2002) Walker and Ghost Dance, Farrar, Straus (New York, NY)
(2004) Another Life: Fully Annotated, Lynne Rienner Publishers (Boulder, CO)
(2016) Morning, Paramin Derek Walcott; illustrated by Peter Doig, Farrar, Straus (New York, NY)

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