Africa Writes Back: The African Writers Series and the Launch of African Literature

Africa Writes Back: The African Writers Series and the Launch of African Literature

By: James Currey (author)Paperback

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17 June 2008 is the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart by Heinemann. This provided the impetus for the foundation of the African Writers Series in 1962 with Chinua Achebe as the Editorial Adviser. '...not only the story of a publishing enterprise of great significance; it is also a large part of the story of African literature and its dissemination in the latter half of the twentieth century. The manuscript is full of the drama of that enterprise, the drama of dealing with the mother house, William Heinemann, of dealing with the often intractable political constraints dominating the intellectual space across Africa, and not least of all dealing with the writers themselves - with their ambitions, their temperaments, their financial needs and, at time, their perception of a colonial relationship between themselves and a European publishing house.' - Clive Wake, Emeritus Professor of Modern Languages, University of Kent at Canterbury.BR> North America: Ohio U Press; South Africa: Wits U Press; Nigeria: HEBN; Kenya: EAEP; Zimbabwe: Weaver Press

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James Currey was the Editorial Director at Heinemann Educational Books in charge of the African Writers Series from 1967 to 1984


A Chronology of the African Writers Series; The Conspirators; INTRODUCTION; The Establishment of African Literature; Publishing Chinua Achebe; WRITERS FROM WEST AFRICA Nigeria: The country where so much started; Negritude from Senegal to Cameroun; The Magical Mystery of Ghana, Sierra Leone & the Gambia; WRITERS FROM EASTERN AFRICA; Towards the Oral & the Popular in Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania; Publishing Ngugi; Publishing Nuruddin Farah; Ethiopian Emperors Past & Present; WRITERS OF RESISTANCE IN SOUTH AFRICA; Publishing Alex la Guma, Dennis Brutus, Bessie Head & Masize Kunene; WRITERS FROM SOUTHERN AFRICAN; Guns & Guerrillas in Mozambique & Angola; The Struggle to become Zimbabweans; Publishing Dambudzo Marechera; Zambia Shall be Free; Death & Detention in Malawi; ARAB AUTHORS.

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  • publication date: 25/09/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781847015020
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 350
  • ID: 9781847015020
  • ISBN10: 1847015026

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