In a message of condolence on the death of the Saint Lucian-born Nobel Laureate, the Secretary-General remembered Sir Derek as “a quintessential Caribbean writer”, who was perhaps most celebrated for his epic poem, Omeros.
“A quintessential Caribbean writer, Walcott is perhaps most celebrated for his epic poem, Omeros (1990), which received widespread global acclaim from publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times Book Review, which chose Omeros as one of the “Best Books of 1990″. His play Dream on Monkey Mountain (1970) was produced on NBC-TV and performed off-Broadway in 1970 and 1971, respectively, and also won the prestigious Obie Award for “Best Foreign Play” in 1971.
He also left a lasting legacy in theatre by founding the Trinidad Theatre Workshop in 1959 and the Boston Playwright’s Theatre in 1981.
CARICOM Secretary-General: “RIP Derek Walcott, OCC – A Caribbean Treasure” pic.twitter.com/UmoEHFJrgJ
— CARICOM (@CARICOMorg) March 17, 2017
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On behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), I wish to express profound sympathy on the passing of internationally acclaimed Caribbean poet and playwright, Saint Lucian born, Nobel Laureate, Sir Derek Walcott, OCC. (more…)