Tiepolo's Hound by Derek Walcott
New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000. First U.S. Edition. Hardcover. 163 pages ; illustrated ; 25 cm. $30.00 dust jacket with a 5' tear to dust jacket rear inner flap. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.
Tiepolo's Hound joins the quests of two Caribbean men. Camille Pissarro, a Sephardic Jew born in 1830, leaves his native St. Thomas to follow his vocation as a painter in Paris, while the poet himself longs to rediscover a detail—"a slash of pink on the inner thigh / of a white hound"—of a Venetian painting encountered on an early visit from St. Lucia to New York. Both journeys take us through a Europe of the mind's eye, in search of a connection between the lost, actual landscape of a childhood and the mythical landscape of empire.
Published with twenty-six full-color 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 1930. His Collected Poems: 1948-1984 was published by FSG in 1986: his subsequent works include the book-length poem Omeros (FSG, 1990) and The Bounty (FSG, 1QQ7). He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992.
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