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Tiepolo’s Hound

Derek Walcott

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A magnificent, semi-autobiographical sequence from a Nobel Prize-winning poet, Tiepolo’s Hound joins the quests of two Caribbean men: Camille Pissarro – a Sephardic Jew born in 1830 who leaves his native St. Thomas to become a painter in Paris – and the poet himself, who longs to rediscover the detail of a painting encountered on an early visit from St. Lucia to New York. Published with 25 full-colour reproductions of Derek Walcott’s own paintings, the poem is at once the spiritual biography of a great artist in self-imposed exile, a history in verse of Impressionist painting, and a memoir of the poet’s desire to catch the visual world in more than words.


Derek Walcott was born in St Lucia, in the West Indies, in 1930. The author of many plays and books of poetry, most recently White Egrets (2010), he was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 1988, and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. He died in 2017.

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