Sunday, March 19, 2017

Nobel laureate, poet and playwright Derek Walcott dead, aged 87 | Books | The Guardian

Nobel laureate, poet and playwright Derek Walcott dead, aged 87 | Books | The Guardian



After graduating in 1953 he moved to Trinidad, an island recently
vacated by VS Naipaul, a contemporary of Walcott’s whose career advanced
in eerie synchronicity – from early dreams of a life in literature to
Nobel success. Naipaul was first to find a London publisher, Walcott
first to find favour with the Swedish Academy - but their contrasting
approach to the legacy of empire soured their early friendship, igniting a feud which reached its apogee when Walcott read out an attack in verse at the 2008 Calabash festival in Jamaica: “I have been bitten, I must avoid infection / Or else I’ll be as dead as Naipaul’s fiction.”

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