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Title:
The Chinua Achebe encyclopedia
Author:
Booker, M. Keith.
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xxi, 318 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 26 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780325070636
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Several hundred A-Z entries cover Achebe's major works, important characters and settings, key concepts and issues, and more.


Author Notes

M. KEITH BOOKER is Professor of English at the University of Arkansas. He is the author of numerous articles and books on modern literature and literary theory, including Dystopian Literature: A Theory and Research Guide (Greenwood, 1994), Joyce, Bakhtin, and the Literary Tradition (1996), The Modern British Novel of the Left (Greenwood, 1998), The African Novel in English Heinemann , 1998), The Modern American Novel of the Left (Greenwood, 1999), The Post-Utopian Imagination (Greenwood, 2002), and Strange TV (Greenwood, 2002).


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Choice Review

Author of the modern classic about postcolonial Africa, Things Fall Apart, Nigerian novelist Achebe--whose books have been translated into more than 40 languages and have sold an estimated 3 million copies--is one of the most famous contemporary African writers. Booker's work supplies information about his novels and characters, literary ideas, notable individuals pertinent to his writings, and discussions of his poetry and nonfiction. Alphabetically arranged, the volume's entries range from one sentence to several pages and are illustrated with black-and-white photographs. The book provides a useful keyword, personal name, and book title index. A good research source and much easier to obtain than the three previous Achebe bibliographies published in Nigeria, the work is not free of flaws and is by no means comprehensive. The bibliography omits several works cited in his entry in Contemporary Literary Criticism and does not include his entire oeuvre. The contributor names cited at the end of one-sentence entries (and there are many) is odd and distracting. Nevertheless, the entries covering diverse topics, from the TV version of Things Fall Apart to a list of interviews, are useful and informative. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers. D. Altschiller Boston University


Table of Contents

foreword: Chinua Achebe and the Institution of African Literaturep. vii
Prefacep. xvii
Chronologyp. xix
A

p. 1

B

p. 39

C

p. 51

D

p. 73

E

p. 76

F

p. 83

G

p. 91

H

p. 96

I

p. 109

J

p. 122

K

p. 126

L

p. 130

M

p. 136

N

p. 161

O

p. 191

P

p. 218

R

p. 229

S

p. 233

T

p. 246

U

p. 270

V

p. 280

W

p. 281

Y

p. 286

Z

p. 288

Bibliographyp. 289
Indexp. 303
About the Contributorsp. 315