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Plays by the Nobel-laureate, brought together for the first timeIn the history plays that comprise "The Haitian Trilogy"--"Henri Christophe, Drums and Colours" and "The Haytian Earth"--Derek Walcott, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, uses verse to tell the story of his native West Indies as a four-hundred-year cycle of war, conquest and rebellion.In "Henri Christophe" and "The Haytian Earth, " Walcott re-casts the legacy of Haiti's violent revolutionaries--led by Toussaint L'Ouverture, Jean Jacques Dessalines and Henri Christophe--whose rebellion established the first black state in the Americas, but whose cruelty becomes a parable of racial pride and corruption. "Drums and Colours, " commissioned in 1958 to celebrate the first parliament in Trinidad, is a grand pageant linking the lives of complex, ambiguous heroes: Columbus and Raleigh; Toussaint; and George William Gordon, a martyr of the constitutional era.From" Henri Christophe's "high style to the bracing vernacular of "The Haytian Earth, " to the epic scale and scope of Drums and Colours, in these plays Walcott, one of our most celebrated poets, carved a place in the modern theater for the history of the West Indies, and a sounding room for his own maturing voice.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780374528133
ISBN-10: 0374528136
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 140mm x 30mm)
Pages: 434
Imprint: Pan Macmillan
Publisher: Pan Macmillan South Africa
Country of Publication: South Africa

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Author Biography - Derek Walcott

Derek Walcott was born in St. Lucia in 1930. His "Collected Poems: 1948-1984" was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1986; his subsequent works include the book-length poem "Omeros "(1990), "The Bounty" (1997) and "Tiepolo's Hound" (2000), illustrated with the poet's own paintings, all FSG books. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992.

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