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Death and the King's Horseman

Soyinka, Wole

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ISBN 10: 0374522103 / ISBN 13: 9780374522100
Published by Hill and Wang, London, 1991
Condition: As New Soft cover
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1st Noonday Press (Hill and Wang) edition, fourth printing (so stated), signed by the author in black ink on the front free endpaper, soft covers as issued, As New; from the library of the linguist, Glenn Gilbert; the signed, As New condition of this book would make it an attractive addition to a collection of books on English language creative writing in West Africa, or the works of Nobel Prize winning authors, in Africa and elsewhere; softcovers are violet with gray design and lettering on the front, violet on the spine with dark gray lettering and publishers' logo, and white on the back with black lettering; 8 inches tall, 77 numbered pages. Bookseller Inventory # 000299

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Title: Death and the King's Horseman

Publisher: Hill and Wang, London

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Thus

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This Norton Critical Edition of Death and the King's Horseman is the only student edition available in the United States. Based on events that took place in 1946 in the ancient Yoruban city of Oyo, Soyinka's acclaimed and powerful play addresses classic issues of cultural conflict, tragic decision-making, and the psychological mindsets of individuals and groups. The text of the play is accompanied by an introduction and explanatory annotations for the many allusions to traditional Nigerian myth and culture.

"Backgrounds and Sources" helps readers understand Death and the King's Horseman's traditional African contexts and the role of theater in African culture. Included are a map of Yoruba-land, discussions of Yoruban religious beliefs and cultural traditions, Soyinka on the various forms that theater has taken in African culture in order to survive, and Anthony Appiah on Soyinka's struggle with the problem of African identity in the creation of Death and the King's Horseman. Commentary on the play as both a theatrical production and a classroom text is provided by Gerald Moore, Tanure Ojaide, and Martin Rohmer.

"Criticism" collects nine major essays on the play and the difficulties it presents to readers. Contributors include D. S. Izevbaye, Eldred Durosimi Jones, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Biodun Jeyifo, Wole Soyinka, Joan Hepburn, Adebayo Williams, David Richards, and Olakunle George.

A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.

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Wole Soyinka, one of Africa's foremost writers, won the Nobel Prize in 1986 and is the author of Death and the King's Horseman, among other works.

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