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Collected Plays
Wole Soyinka
0192811363
Oct 1973
Paperback
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Book Description
Winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature, this Nigerian poet, playwright, and novelist writes of the rich cultural traditions as well as the hopes and frustrations of black Africa. This two-volume collection of his plays includes A Dance of the Forests, The Swamp Dwellers, The Strong
Breed, The Road, and The Bacchae of Euripides in the first volume, and The Lion and the Jewel, Kongi's Harvest, The Trials of Brother Jero, Jero's Metamorphosis, and Madmen and Specialists in the second volume.


Death and the King's Horseman
Wole Soyinka
0393977617
January 2003
Textbook Paperback
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Chicago Tribune
Soyinka both entertains and asks subtle questions about mass psychology, individual psychology, and universal human struggles of the will. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description
Death and the King's Horseman (1975) is the most widely read work by Nigerian author Wole Soyinka, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature. The text is accompanied by an introduction and explanatory annotations. "Backgrounds and Contexts" provides readers with a thorough understanding of the play's traditional African contexts. "Criticism" includes nine major essays on Death and the King's Horseman, focusing on the difficulties the play presents to its readers. About the series: No other series of classic texts equals the caliber of the Norton Critical...


Collected Plays, Volume 2
Wole Soyinka
0192811649
Jan 1975
Paperback
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Book Description
Winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature, this Nigerian poet, playwright, and novelist writes of the rich cultural traditions as well as the hopes and frustrations of black Africa. This two-volume collection of his plays includes A Dance of the Forests, The Swamp Dwellers, The Strong
Breed, The Road, and The Bacchae of Euripides in the first volume, and The Lion and the Jewel, Kongi's Harvest, The Trials of Brother Jero, Jero's Metamorphosis, and Madmen and Specialists in the second volume. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


You Must Set Forth at Dawn: A Memoir
Wole Soyinka
037550365X
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. In this engrossing follow-up to his acclaimed childhood memoir, Aké, the Nigerian poet, playwright and Nobel laureate demonstrates what it means to be a public intellectual. Soyinka revisits a tumultuous life of writing and political activism, from his student days in Britain through his struggles, sometimes from prison or exile, against a succession of Nigerian dictatorships. Soyinka may be on a first-name basis with almost every major Nigerian figure and he's sometimes involved in high-level intrigues; his chronicle of political turmoil is very personal, full of sharply drawn sketches of comrades and foes, and cantankerous rejoinders to critics. His novelistic eyewitness accounts of repression and upheaval widen out from time to time to survey the humiliation and corruption of...


Wole Soyinka
Derek Wright
0805782796
January 1992
Hardcover
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Book Description
Series Editors: Bernth Lindfors, University of Texas at Austin; Robert Lecker, McGill University; David O'Connell, Georgia State University; David William Foster, Arizona State University; Janet Pérez, Texas Tech University Twayne's United States Authors, English Authors, and World Authors Series present concise critical introductions to great writers and their works. Devoted to critical interpretation and discussion of an author's work, each study takes account of major literary trends and important scholarly contributions and provides new critical insights with an original point of view. An Authors Series volume addresses readers ranging from advanced high school students to university professors. The book suggests to the informed reader new ways of considering a writer's work. A reader new to the work under...


In the House of Oshugbo
Henry Louis Gates
0195033493
Apr 2006
Hardcover
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Death and the King's Horseman
Wole Soyinka
0393322998
April 2002
Paperback
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Chicago Tribune
Soyinka both entertains and asks subtle questions about mass psychology, individual psychology, and universal human struggles of the will.

Book Description
A Nobel Prize-winning playwright's classic tale of tragic decisions in a traditional African culture. Based on events that took place in Oyo, an ancient Yoruba city of Nigeria, in 1946, Wole Soyinka's powerful play concerns the intertwined lives of Elesin Oba, the king's chief horseman; his son, Olunde, now studying medicine in England; and Simon Pilkings, the colonial district officer. The king has died and Elesin, his chief horseman, is expected by law and custom to commit suicide and accompany his ruler to heaven. The stage is set for a dramatic climax when Pilkings learns of the ritual and decides to intervene and...


The Open Sore of a Continent
Wole Soyinka
0195119215
Aug 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
Ravaged by the most brutal dictatorship in its history, Nigeria is at a crossroads. While General Abacha's regime generates the very chaos it claims to be controlling, the country's institutions and moral fiber are disintegrating. Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka believes Nigeria's invent-from-the-top government is to blame. With each new cabinet, the government reinvents itself, leaving the country without purpose or direction. As the country doubles its population every 22 years, the military may become even more repressive. Soyinka believes that Nigerians are "primed for a campaign of comprehensive civil disobedience," and offers an ethical map to guide the country out of despair. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly
Nobel laureate...


Ake: The Years of Childhood
Wole Soyinka
0679725407
October 1989
Paperback
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Book Review
When he was 4 years old, spurred by insatiable curiosity and the beat of a marching drum, Wole Soyinka slipped silently through the gate of his parents' yard and followed a police band to a distant village. This was his first journey beyond Aké, Nigeria, and reading his account is akin to witnessing a child's epiphany:

The parsonage wall had vanished forever but it no longer mattered. Those token bits and pieces of Aké which had entered our home on occasions, or which gave off hints of their nature in those Sunday encounters at church, were beginning to emerge in their proper shapes and sizes.

He returned, perched upon the handlebars of a policeman's bicycle, "markedly different from whatever I was before the march." The reader's horizons feel similarly expanded after finishing this...



The Burden of Memory, the Muse of Forgiveness
Wole Soyinka
0195134281
Feb 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
When a book begins with a statement such as "In the 1992 presidential elections, it would appear that the United States stood a reasonable chance of acquiring a new president in the person of a certain Mr. David Duke," a reader must wonder if the author is being deliberately alarmist or has simply lost contact with reality. (After all, Duke had little national credibility, and even his campaigns in his home state of Louisiana could best be described as highly problematic.) On matters concerning his native Nigeria, and on the rest of the African nations, Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka is perhaps more reliable, albeit still somewhat longwinded. The Burden of Memory is based on a set of lectures Soyinka gave at the W.E.B. Dubois Institute and faithfully preserves their highly academic orality, whether he is advocating massive...


The Lion and the Jewel
Wole Soyinka
0199110832
Dec 1966
Paperback
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Wole Soyinka and Modern Tragedy: A Study of Dramatic Theory and Practice, Vol. 96
Ketu H. Katrak
0313240744
June 1986
Hardcover
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Book Description
The tragic drama of Nigeria's leading playwright, Wole Soyinka, is the focus of this in-depth study. Ketu H. Katrak explores Soyinka's concept of the tragic experience as it relates to Yoruba culture and analyzes the unique features of his theory of tragedy which blends Yoruba traditional drama with Western tragic forms. Opening with a biographical overview of Soyinka's life and career, Katrak addresses the major issues presented by Soyinka in his essay on tragedy, "The Fourth Stage." These include the origin of tragic feeling, the components of the tragic experience, and the concretization of these abstract notions in the Yoruba god Ogun. The author demonstrates that it is through these themes and the elements of ritual and myth that Soyinka imparts communal values to his work, ultimately achieving a metaphysical...


Strategic Transformations in Nigerian Writing
Ato Quayson
0253211484
Sept 1997
Paperback
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Wole Soyinka: Politics, Poetics, and Postcolonialism
Biodun Jeyifo
0521394864
December 2003
Hardcover
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Review
'... there are very few critics writing in the field who can carry out this kind of examination so well.' African Affairs
'... fascinating ...'. Wasafiri

Book Description
Biodun Jeyifo examines the relationship between the innovative and influential writings of Wole Soyinka and his radical political activism. Jeyifo analyzes Soyinka's most ambitious works, relating them to the controversies generated by his appropriation of literature and theater for radical political objectives. The evaluations of this study are presented in the context of Soyinka's sustained engagement with the collective experience of violence in post-independence, post-colonial Africa.

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Wole Soyinka
James Gibbs
0313239371
Jan 1986
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Since the early 1960s, Nigerian dramatist, poet, novelist, and critic Soyinka has been acclaimed as a major African writer. His autobigraphy Ake (1982) has increased his worldwide reputation to make him an obvious Nobel candidate. This bibliography lists, in chronological order, his own writings248 items from some university journalism of 1953 to his most recent play of 1984and more than 1500 secondary sources from 1956 to early 1985. The absence of annotation, however, limits the work's utility; some guidance through the thicket of writings is much needed. An introductory overview would also have been invaluable; the discursive preface is disappointingly thin. For reference and black literature collections. Peter Sabor, English Dept., Queen's Univ., Kingston, Ont.Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. ...


Index of Subjects, Proverbs, and Themes in the Writings of Wole Soyinka, Vol. 21
Greta M.K. Coger (Compiler)
0313257124
July 1988
Hardcover
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Review
“Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986, is probably the African writer most well known in North America. Many of his works are widely held in college libraries and he is studied in both comparative literature and African literature courses. This index will facilitate in-depth research into 20 of Soyinka's major works including plays, novels, and poetry. It is divided into three major indexes--Subjects, Proverbs, and Themes--and references include page numbers of the editions indexed. These three indexes, which constitute the major portion of the volume (289 pages), are supplemented with a helpful introductory essay explaining the use of the work as well as a bibliography of approximately 300 books and journal articles by or about Soyinka. An important tool for anyone engaged in the...


Perspectives on Wole Soyinka: Freedom and Complexity
Biodun Jeyifo (Editor)
1578063353
July 2001
Hardcover
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Ogun's Children: The Literature and Politics of Wole Soyinka since the Nobel Prize
Onookome Okome (Editor)
0865436665
June 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
This collection of essays examines Soyinka’s post-Nobel works against the backdrop of his earlier works, especially the so-called "conservative and impossible plays of early Soyinka." The contributors are concerned with the political tenor and temperament of the post-Nobel years and the strong presence of the symbolism of Ogun, the creative energy of Soyinka’s Yoruba cosmology, during those years. These essays celebrate the achievements of Soyinka by acknowledging his Ogunian characters, which are often the vehicles and victims of a wayward political world. The post-Nobel era also reveals a positive and consistent step toward the dictum, "justice is the first condition of humanity." Soyinka’s plays, From Zia with Love to Beatification of Area Boys, illustrate this intense quest for social and...

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