Black Nobel Prize Winners

NewsOne has a list of the 16 persons of African descent who have won Nobel prizes of some sort. Included in the list:

Derek Alton Walcott is a Saint Lucian poet, playwright, writer and visual artist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992 and the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2011 for White Egrets. His works include the Homeric epic Omeros. Robert Graves wrote that Walcott “handles English with a closer understanding of its inner magic than most, if not any, of his contemporaries”

I’d never heard of Omeros before … the comments of Robert Graves had me thinking I’d missed a Classicists along the way. Turns out he isn’t a Classicst, but the Omeros (according to Wikipedia) does sound like an interesting ‘adaptation’ (not sure what the word for this sort of thing is …

2 thoughts on “Black Nobel Prize Winners

  1. You’d not heard of this poet or work? He was blackballed of late from Oxford poetry chair. In any event, the work’s pretty well known (golly, it’s crossed my ken).

    1. Oh no … I’d heard of him and his work; I just had never heard of this Omeros thing or realized that Robert Graves was such a fan …

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