In Another Life Derek Walcott wrote, "I had entered the house of literature as a houseboy"; Jamaican poet Mervyn Morris signified on this image in his The Pond when he declared, "And these are my rooms now." The journey that Walcott makes from "houseboy" to master/ruler/owner of the house of literature (the Nobel Laureate is frequently acclaimed the greatest poet writing in the English language) is painstakingly detailed in Bruce King's tome Derek Walcott: A Caribbean Life.
Copyright © 2002, Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in African American Review: 36:2 (2002), 333-338.
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Dance, Daryl Cumber. "Review of Derek Walcott: A Caribbean Life by Bruce King." African American Review 36, no. 2 (Summer 2002): 333-38.