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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. Now considered a late-modern classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Derek Walcott's "The Joker of Seville & O Babylon!". An indispensable collection: Two great plays in one handsome volume. While better-known as a poet, Derek Walcott is one of our finest 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 absolute "must-have" title for Derek Walcott collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed and dated in black pen on the front free endpaper by the author: "Derek Walcott, April 12, 2002". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a modern classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DEREK WALCOTT TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374179980. $150.00

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