Derek Walcott

1930 - 2017

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Sir Derek Alton Walcott OM (23 January 1930 – 17 March 2017) was a Saint Lucian poet and playwright. He received the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature. His works include the Homeric epic poem Omeros (1990), which many critics view "as Walcott's major achievement." In addition to winning the Nobel Prize, Walcott received 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 2010 T. S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Derek Walcott has received more than 1,283,605 page views. His biography is available in 83 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 80 in 2019). Derek Walcott is the 682nd most popular writer (up from 1,020th in 2019), the 2nd most popular biography from Saint Lucia (down from 1st in 2019) and the most popular Saint Lucian Writer.

Derek Walcott is most famous for his poem "Omeros" which was published in 1990.

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Notable Works

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A poem in seven books of circular narrative design in which Achille, the protagonist, sets out on a fishing expedition and is carried back across the centuries to his ancestral home on the West African coast.
The bounty
What the twilight says
Another life
The Prodigal
A new marvel from a Nobel Prize winning poet. Do not diminish in my memory..villages of absolutely no importance, ... . . Hoard, cherish..your negligible existence, your unrecorded history..of unambitious syntax, your clean pools..of unpolluted light over close stones. The Prodigal, Derek Walcott's new collection, is a dazzling odyssey for the twenty-first century. Beginning on America's East Coast, the poem journeys restlessly through the European continent, exploring the inheritance of the Old World upon Walcott's native St Lucia, and sees the poet wondering about his own sense of abandonment, as if to leave a place is to lose it. The Prodigal is a compelling steer between exile and belonging, Europe and the New World, wanderlust and the inevitable pull of home.
Remembrance and Pantomime

Page views of Derek Walcotts by language

Over the past year Derek Walcott has had the most page views in the with 129,957 views, followed by Spanish (11,632), and Italian (7,932). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Eastern Punjabi (110.75%), Mirandese (103.56%), and West Frisian (101.69%)


Among writers, Derek Walcott ranks 682 out of 7,302Before him are Maurice Blanchot, Sei Shōnagon, Bernard Gui, André Chénier, Novatian, and Phillis Wheatley. After him are Joseph of Anchieta, Jacinto Benavente, Claudian, Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, Kang Youwei, and Jean Froissart.

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Among people born in 1930, Derek Walcott ranks 45Before him are Gylmar dos Santos Neves, Edsger W. Dijkstra, Gary Becker, Bernie Ecclestone, Biljana Plavšić, and Akira Suzuki. After him are Félix Guattari, Lorin Maazel, Robert Wagner, Jean Rochefort, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and Carlos Kleiber. Among people deceased in 2017, Derek Walcott ranks 34Before him are Mário Soares, Martin Landau, Hans Georg Dehmelt, Roman Herzog, Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov, and Hiroto Muraoka. After him are Tzvetan Todorov, Louise Hay, Emmanuelle Riva, Lotfi A. Zadeh, Jean Rochefort, and Adnan Khashoggi.

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In Saint Lucia

Among people born in Saint Lucia, Derek Walcott ranks 2 out of 11Before him are Empress Joséphine (1763). After him are W. Arthur Lewis (1915), Philip J. Pierre (1954), Joseph Marcell (1948), Pearlette Louisy (1946), Neville Cenac (1939), Kenny Anthony (1951), Stephenson King (1958), Chris Boucher (1993), and Levern Spencer (1984).

Among WRITERS In Saint Lucia

Among writers born in Saint Lucia, Derek Walcott ranks 1