The Chinua Achebe Encyclopedia

Hardcover | December 31, 2003

byM. Keith Booker

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Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe is widely regarded as the most important of the numerous African novelists who gained global attention in the second half of the 20th century. Achebe is certainly the African writer best known in the West, and his first novel, Things Fall Apart, is a founding text of postcolonial African literature and regarded as one of the central works of world literature of the last 50 years. Though best known as a novelist, Achebe is also a critic, activist, and spokesman for African culture. This reference is a comprehensive and authoritative guide to his life and writings. Included are several hundred alphabetically arranged entries. Some of these are substantive summary discussions of Achebe's major works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Other topics include: * All of his major fictional characters and settings * Important concepts and issues central to his writings * Historical persons, places, and events relevant to his works * Influential texts by other writers Entries are written by expert contributors and close with brief bibliographies. The volume also provides a general bibliography and chronology.

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Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe is widely regarded as the most important of the numerous African novelists who gained global attention in the second half of the 20th century. Achebe is certainly the African writer best known in the West, and his first novel, Things Fall Apart, is a founding text of postcolonial African literature and reg...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:344 pages, 10.26 × 7.08 × 1.08 inPublished:December 31, 2003Publisher:Greenwood PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0325070636

ISBN - 13:9780325070636

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?Chinua Achebe is probably the best-known writer in the history of African letters. He has been the subject of several books and countless journal articles. M. Keith Booker and his collaborators have created a valuable resource that aims to get a firm grip on this formidable body of material....[t]he encyclopedia is intended for both those grounded in Achebe studies and those that are not, in that it does not presuppose any prior knowledge of Achebe's writings or even the ability to know the Igbo world and culture....[T]he Chinua Achebe Encyclopedia offers its readers a great deal of information about Achebe and introduces them to a wide range of critical responses to his works. Several entries are rich in fresh insights (even for those grounded in Achebe studies) and in incisive restatements of accepted views.??Research in African Literatures