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Wole Soyinka

Dates: 
1934-
Gender: 
Male
Place of birth: 
Nigeria

Biography

Nigerian Wole Soyinka is an award winning writer, poet, playwright and recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature. After graduating from the Government College in Ibadan, Nigeria, Soyinka studied drama at the University of Leeds during the 1950s. Following his graduation he worked as a script-reader, actor, and director at the Royal Court Theatre before returning to Nigeria to study African drama. In 1960 he founded "The 1960 Masks", followed by the "Orisun Theatre Company" in 1964. Soyinka's career as a political activist in exile is inseparable from his writing which has earned him worldwide acclaim.

Publications

Title Date Publisher
The Invention and The Detainee 2005 Unisa Press
King Baabu 2002 Methuen Drama
Soyinka Plays 2 1999 Methuen Drama
Soyinka Plays 1 1998 Methuen Drama
The Trials of Brother Jero and The Strong Breed 1992 Dramatists Play Service Inc
Wole Soyinka Collected Plays: Volume 2 1974 Oxford University Press
Wole Soyinka Collected Plays: Volume 1 1973 Oxford University Press
The Lion and the Jewel 1962 Oxford University Press

Critical sources

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