Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00675 - Gingell Collection of Derek Walcott Material

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Gingell Collection of Derek Walcott Material


  • [ca. 1953-1975] (Creation)

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1 box (0.06 metres)

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Derek Walcott, born in 1930, is a Caribbean poet, playwright and theatre director. He was born in Castries, St. Lucia, and educated at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. His first three volumes of verse were published in the Caribbean between 1948 and 1951, but his widespread recognition came with In a Green Night (1962). He founded the Trinidad Theatre Workshop in 1959. Walcott has been an assiduous traveler to other countries but has always felt himself deeply-rooted in Caribbean society with its cultural fusion of African, Asiatic and European elements. For many years, he has divided his time between Trinidad, where he has his home as a writer, and Boston University, where he teaches literature and creative writing. In 1992, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Gift of Susan Gingell, 2014

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Includes Derek Walcott material acquired by Professor Susan Gingell at the University of Saskatchewan. This material was acquired from a former colleague in Commonwealth Literature who had received them from Martin Gray. Martin Gray worked directly with Derek Walcott.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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