Derek Walcott

1930 - 2017

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Sir Derek Alton Walcott (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 1,061,330 page views. His biography is available in 80 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 79 in 2019). Derek Walcott is the 1,028th most popular writer (down from 963rd in 2019), the most popular biography from Saint Lucia and the most popular Writer.

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

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Among writers, Derek Walcott ranks 1,028 out of 5,755Before him are Titus Pomponius Atticus, Veronica Franco, James Hadley Chase, Iris Murdoch, Bar Hebraeus, and Julien Green. After him are Bernhard Schlink, Johannes Valentinus Andreae, Ernst Toller, Ľudovít Štúr, Egill Skallagrímsson, and Shoko Asahara.

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Among people born in 1930, Derek Walcott ranks 70Before him are Joanne Woodward, Jesús Franco, Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma, Akira Suzuki, Luce Irigaray, and Gérard Genette. After him are Pierre Bergé, Ivan Silayev, Richard Donner, Sonia Rykiel, Gaafar Nimeiry, and Ben Gazzara. Among people deceased in 2017, Derek Walcott ranks 60Before him are George Andrew Olah, Harry Dean Stanton, Adam West, Georges Prêtre, Giovanni Sartori, and Oliver Smithies. After him are Pierre Bergé, Jacque Fresco, Michael Nyqvist, Abdul Halim of Kedah, John Heard, and Hans Rosling.

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In Saint Lucia

Among people born in Saint Lucia, Derek Walcott ranks 1 out of 8After him are W. Arthur Lewis (1915), Philip J. Pierre (null), Joseph Marcell (1948), Pearlette Louisy (1946), Kenny Anthony (1951), Stephenson King (1958), and Levern Spencer (1984).

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Among writers born in Saint Lucia, Derek Walcott ranks 1