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LIVE from the NYPL: DEREK WALCOTT: "Hemingway and the Caribbean"

December 3, 2010

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The Nobel Prize winning poet Derek Walcott gives a new appreciation of Hemingway as a great and influential Caribbean writer, acknowledging Hemingway's influence on his writing and paying tribute to him with readings of his own poems.

DEREK WALCOTT was born in Castries, Saint Lucia in the West Indies. He studied at St. Mary’s college in Saint Lucia and attended the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Walcott moved to Trinidad in 1953, working as an art and theater critic. 25 Poems was his first published work, followed by Green Night. Walcott's first play, Henry Christophe, was awarded by the Rockefeller Foundation with a scholarship to study drama in the United States. Derek Walcott founded the Trinidad Theater Workshop. He has written over 20 books of poetry and plays. Walcott is known, in particular, for his 1990 epic poem Omeros, which takes Homeric story and tradition and transplants them into the framework of the Caribbean. Walcott was awarded a Nobel Prize for his work in 1992. He currently teaches creative writing at Boston University.

The Robert B. Silvers Lecture is an annual series created and sponsored by Max Palevsky.