The Young Playwright in Jamaica

Paul Breslin

in Nobody's Nation

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780226074269
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226074283 | DOI:
The Young Playwright in Jamaica

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When Walcott arrived at the University of the West Indies, he had already achieved precocious success both as a poet and as a playwright, but he had yet to evolve a fully mature style in either role — notwithstanding the promise evident in the best moments of the two earliest books of poetry and of Henri Christophe. For the most part, Walcott's greatest accomplishments during his Jamaican residence came in his plays. By the time he moved to Port of Spain and started the Trinidad Theatre Workshop in 1959, he had written two of his best: The Sea at Dauphin (1954) and Ti-Jean and His Brothers (1957). Especially productive was the transitional period of 1957–1959, from the first Rockefeller-sponsored trip to the United States and Canada to his decision to live in Trinidad. This chapter focuses on The Sea at Dauphin and the official and unofficial products of the Rockefeller commission: Drums and Colours and Ti-Jean and His Brothers.

Keywords: Derek Walcott; plays; The Sea at Dauphin; Drums and Colours; Rockefeller commission

Chapter.  7966 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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