What the Twilight Says

What the Twilight Says

by Derek Walcott


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The first collection of essays by the Nobel laureate.

Derek Walcott has been publishing essays in The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, and elsewhere for more than twenty years. What the Twilight Says collects these pieces to form a volume of remarkable elegance, concision, and brilliance. It includes Walcott's moving and insightful examinations of the paradoxes of Caribbean culture, his Nobel lecture, and his reckoning of the work and significance of such poets as Robert Lowell, Joseph Brodsky, Robert Frost, Les Murray, and Ted Hughes, and of prose writers such as V. S. Naipaul and Patrick Chamoiseau. On every subject he takes up, Walcott the essayist brings to bear the lyric power and syncretic intelligence that have made him one of the major poetic voices of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374526832
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 10/25/1999
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Derek Walcott (1930-2017) was born in St. Lucia, the West Indies, in 1930. His Collected Poems: 1948-1984 was published in 1986, and his subsequent works include a book-length poem, Omeros (1990); a collection of verse, The Bounty (1997); and, in an edition illustrated with his own paintings, the long poem Tiepolo's Hound (2000). His numerous plays include The Haitian Trilogy (2001) and Walker and The Ghost Dance (2002). Walcott received the Queen's Medal for Poetry in 1988 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992.

Table of Contents


What the Twilight Says

The Muse of History

The Antilles: Fragments of Epic Memory


On Robert Lowell

On Hemingway

C. L. R. James

The Garden Path: V. S. Naipaul

Magic Industry: Joseph Brodsky

The Master of the Ordinary: Philip Larkin

Ted Hughes

Crocodile Dandy: Les Murray

The Road Taken: Robert Frost

A Letter to Chamoiseau


Café Martinique: A Story

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