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Derek Alton Walcott play

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-0442

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of one unpublished play, "Franklin," by Derek Walcott. The play is in typescript form, 65 pages in length, and believed to date from the 1950s.


  • Creation: 1950s


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This collection is restricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical Note

Derek Alton Walcott was born in St. Lucia, West Indies, in 1930. He and his twin brother Roderick were born to an English father who worked as an artist and an African mother who was a teacher. Walcott attended St. Mary's College, Castries and the University College of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. He began writing poetry at the age of eighteen, and began writing plays not long after.

Walcott moved to Trinidad in 1953. He worked as a teacher and then as a journalist, writing for the Trinidad Guardian. He received a Rockefeller Foundation award to study theater in New York from 1958-1959, and returned to Trinidad and founded the Trinidad Theater Workshop.

Derek Walcott has published numerous collections of poetry and plays and has won numerous awards. In 1992, he received the Nobel Prize for literature. He divided his time between Massachusettes, where he taught part time at Boston University, and the island of St. Lucia.


0.167 Cubic Feet (1 play)

Language of Materials



Sir Derek Alton Walcott (1930–2017) was a Saint Lucian poet and playwright. He received the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature. This collection is comprised of one unpublished play, "Franklin," by Walcott. The play is in typescript form, 65 pages in length, and believed to date from the 1950s.


This item was part of the McDowell Collection purchase in 1977. It was transferred to Special Collections by Pierre E. Berry on July 13, 1977.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Holly Callahan on August 8, 2008.



Guide to the Derek Alton Walcott play
Holly Callahan
2008 August 8
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