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Chinua Achebe

Biography

Chinua Achebe was born in Ogidi in 1930. His parents were Igbo/Ibo. His father was an Anglican minister and teacher. He attended church school and then won a scholarship to Government College, Umuahia, whose alumni included other future novelists. He then went to University College, Ibadan where he received a B.A. in English. After university he worked in broadcasting for some time. It was reading Joyce Cary‘s Mr. Johnson that he decided to become a writer for, despite his admiration for Cary, he felt that he could not get under the skin of his African. Achebe went to London to the BBC staff school and it was there that the novelist and critic Gilbert Phelps recognised the quality of Things Fall Apart and recommended it for publication. The book was immediately successful and he went on to publish a highly acclaimed series of novels about the Igbo people before, during and after colonisation. He is often considered the Father of the African Novel and was certainly one of the earliest African novelists to attain literary success. He has received numerous awards and honorary degrees. He became a professor at Bard College in upstate New York, where his wife, Christie, is a professor of psychology. In 1990 he was injured in a car accident and paralysed from the waist down. He died in 2013.

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Bibliography

1958 Things Fall Apart (novel)
1960 No Longer at Ease (novel)
1962 The Sacrificial Egg and Other Stories
1964 Arrow of God (novel)
1966 A Man of the People (novel)
1966 Chike and the River (children’s)
1971 Beware, Soul-Brother, and Other Poems
1972 Dead Men’s Path
1972 How the Leopard Got His Claws (with John Iroaganachi) (children’s)
1972 Marriage Is A Private Affair
1973 Girls at War and Other Stories
1973 Christmas at Biafra and Other Poems
1975 Morning Yet on Creation Day
1975 The Flute (children’s)
1978 The Drum (children’s)
1984 The Trouble With Nigeria
1988 Anthills of the Savannah (novel)
1988 Hopes and Impediments
1998 Another Africa (poetry)
2000 Home and Exile (essays)
2004 Collected Poems
2009 The Education of a British-Protected Child (essays)
2010 An Image of Africa (essay)
2012 There was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra (essay)