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Walcott, Derek. THE JOKER OF SEVILLE & O BABYLON! . New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1978. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 275 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's second collection of plays. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. While better-known as a poet, Derek Walcott is one of the finest living playwrights. His use of and lifelong involvement with the theater are directly connected to his political commitment as a writer. "The Joker of Seville" is based on a comedy by Tirso de Molina (whose work also inspired Mozart to write his greatest opera, "Don Giovanni") while "O Babylon!" is an original play inspired by the controversial, marijuana-smoking Rastafarian Movement in Jamaica, which invented, among other things, the music called reggae. The music for both plays was written by Galt MacDermot (the composer of "Hair") and contributed to the plays' successful staging by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Born in the tiny Caribbean island of Santa Lucia, Derek Walcott has lived the better portion of his adult writing life in the United States, where he has taught in various universities, notably Boston University, with his fellow Nobel Laureate, the late Saul Bellow. He is also a highly accomplished painter and a brilliant essayist who is a scholar of both Shakespeare and French Impressionist art (Pissarro, a major Impressionist artist, was also from the West Indies and introduced the Caribbean color and light to Western painting). His poems are celebrated for their richly textured evocation of atmosphere, color, light. In other words, for their "painterly" qualities, and the effect these have on one's inner life. An indispensable collection, this is a "must-have" title for Derek Walcott collectors. This copy is boldly and beautifully signed and dated on the front free endpaper by the author: "Derek Walcott, April 12, 2002". This title has been out-of-print for a very long time and is now highly collectible. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992. One of the greatest living writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DEREK WALCOTT TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374179980. $250.00

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