Amos Tutuola and African Literary Tradition
Pigman, Marcia Emily
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Perhaps Amos Tutuola's most significant and valuable contribution to modern African literature is that he is responsible for focusing the eyes of the English-speaking world on the new body of literature emerging from Africa. Tutuola's first book, The Palm-Wine Drinkard (Faber and Faber, 1952) marks the beginning of a literature that is both uniquely African and that has literary merit. The Palm-Wine Drinkard,was the first African work to receive great critical attention, especially in England, and was such a unique work of art that Western critics began to look for further efforts from Tutuola and at her modern African writers. Unfortunately, there was also a great deal of confusion and misinterpretation that went along with Tutuola's introduction into the non-African world, for some early critics saw his language as the beginning of a neo-African English, which it clearly is not.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.