Derek Walcott, a Nobel Prize-winning poet from St. Lucia, has died at his home near Gros Islet. He was 87.
Walcott was first noticed for a book of poems about St. Lucia that he published as a teenager. Early on, he showed a remarkable talent for English and an eye for the particulars of the local Caribbean landscape.
Walcott was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1992. The prize committee cited him for “a poetic oeuvre of great luminosity, sustained by a historical vision, the outcome of a multicultural commitment.”
The late writer’s works include The Castaway, The Gulf and Another Life, Omeros, and the play Dream on Monkey Mountain.