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Wole Soyinka

Playwright, Essayist, Activist (born 13-Jul-1934)


Segun Adekoya. The Inner Eye: An Oriel on Wole Soyinka's Poetry. Ile-Ife, Nigeria: Obafemi Awolowo University Press Ltd.. 2006. 570pp.

Greta M. K. Coger. Index of Subjects, Proverbs, and Themes in the Writings of Wole Soyinka. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. 1988. 333pp.

Patrick Ebewo. Barbs : A Study of Satire in the Plays of Wole Soyinka. Kampala, Uganda: Janyeko Publishing Centre. 2002. 221pp.

Emmanuel Egar. The Poetics of Rage: Wole Soyinka, Jean Toomer, and Claude McKay. University Press of America. 2005. 62pp.

Christiane Fiopou. La Route : Réalité et représentation dans l'oeuvre de Wole Soyinka. Amsterdam, Netherlands and Atlanta, GA: Rodopi. 1994. 390pp. Language: French.

Anjali Gera. Three Great African Novelists: Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, and Amos Tutuola. New Delhi, India: Creative Books. 2001. 149pp.

James Gibbs (editor). Critical Perspective on Wole Soyinka. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers. 1980. 274pp.

James Gibbs. Wole Soyinka: A Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group. 1986. 117pp.

James Gibbs; Bernth Lindofrs (editors). Research on Wole Soyinka. Trenton, NJ: Africa Research & Publications. 1993. 372pp.

Biodun Jeyifo. Perspectives on Wole Soyinka : Freedom and Complexity. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi. 2001. 264pp.

Biodun Jeyifo. Conversations with Wole Soyinka. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi. 2001. 242pp.

Biodun Jeyifo. Wole Soyinka : Politics, Poetics, and Postcolonialism. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. 2003. 358pp.

Eldred D. Jones. The Writing of Wole Soyinka. New York: Twayne. 1973. 183pp.

Ketu H. Katrak. Wole Soyinka and Modern Tragedy : A Study of Dramatic Theory and Practice. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group. 1986. 204pp.

Obi Maduakor. Wole Soyinka : An Introduction to His Writing. New York: Garland. 1986. 339pp.

Adewale Maja-Pearce. Wole Soyinka : An Appraisal. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. 1994. 166pp.

Gerd Meuer. Journeys Around and with Kongi: Half a Century on the Road with Wole Soyinka. Neumarkt, Germany: Verlag. 2008. 232pp.

Gerald Moore. Wole Soyinka. London: Evans Bros .. 1971. 114pp.

Mpalive-Hangson Msiska. Wole Soyinka. Plymouth, UK: Northcote House. 1997. 128pp.

Mpalive-Hangson Msiska. Postcolonial Identity in Wole Soyinka. Amsterdam: Rodopi. 2007. 176pp.

Oyin Ogunba. The Movement of Transition: A Study of the Plays of Wole Soyinka. Ibadan Univesity Press. 1975. 235pp.

Yemi D. Ogunyemi. The Literary Political Philosophy of Wole Soyinka. Baltimore, MD: PublishAmerica. 2009. 150pp.

Onookme Okome (editor). Ogun's Children : The Literature and Politics of Wole Soyinka Since the Nobel Prize. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press. 2004. 378pp.

M. Pushpa. The Plays of Wole Soyinka : A Socio-Psychological Study. New Delhi: Prestige Books. 1999. 156pp.

Ato Quayson. Strategic Transformations in Nigerian Writing: Orality and History in the Work of Rev. Samuel Johnson, Amos Tutuola, Wole Soyinka and Ben Okri. Indiana University Press. 1997. 180pp.

Kacharia Rajkumar. Wole Soyinka as a Play-Writer. New Delhi: Creative Books. 2007. 176pp.

Alain Ricard. Theatre and Nationalism: Wole Soyinka and LeRoi Jones. Ile-Ife, Nigeria: University of Ife Press. 1983. 205pp.

Wole Soyinka. The Man Died : Prison Notes of Wole Soyinka. New York: Harper & Row. 1972. 317pp.

Wole Soyinka. Aké : The Years of Childhood. New York: Random House. 1981. 230pp.

Wole Soyinka. Ěsarŕ : A Voyage around Essay. Ibadan, Nigeria: Fountain Publications. 1989. 237pp.

Wole Soyinka. Ibadan: The Penkelemes Years, A Memoir, 1946–1965. London: Methuen. 1994. 382pp.

Wole Soyinka. You Must Set Forth at Dawn. New York: Random House. 2006. 499pp.

Derek Wright. Wole Soyinka Revisited. Toronto: Maxwell Macmillan Canada. 1993. 220pp.


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  1. NNDB [link]

  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Internet Movie Database [link]

  4. Internet Broadway Database [link]

  5. Public Information Research Namebase [link]

  6. Wikipedia [link]

  7. Library of Congress Name Authority [link]

  8. 20th Century Culture: A Biographical Companion (p.716)

  9. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.662)

  10. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.1375)

  11. Penguin Companion to the Arts in the Twentieth Century (p.520)

  12. New York Public Library Literature Companion (p.225)

  13. World Authors 1950-1970 (pp.1356-59)

  14. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.969)

  15. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.461)

  16. Britannica Almanac 2006 (p.108)

  17. Who's Who in Twentieth-Century World Poetry (p.305)

  18. The Penguin Companion to English Literature (p.490)

  19. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.43)

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