Critical Essays on World Literature Series: Ngugi wa Thiong’o ( b. 1938), 1st Edition

  • Series Name: Critical Essays on World Literature
  • Peter Nazareth
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  • ISBN-10: 0783804563
  • ISBN-13: 9780783804569
  • DDC: 823
  • Shipping Weight: 1.50 lbs ( .68 kgs)
  • 368 Pages | Print | Hardcover
  • © 2001 | Published



The highly acclaimed African writer (Petals of Blood and A Grain of Wheat) who illuminates the struggles of Africa and the "Third World" by writing about his own people, the Gikuyu.

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Critical Essays on World Literature

The full range of literary traditions comes to life in the Twayne Critical Essays Series. Volume editors have carefully selected critical essays that represent the full spectrum of controversies, trends, and methodologies relating to each author’s work. Essays include writings from the author’s native country and abroad, with interpretations from the time they were writing, through the present day. Each volume includes: an introduction providing the reader with a lucid overview of criticism from its beginnings, illuminating controversies, evaluating approaches, and sorting out the schools of thought; the most influential reviews and the best reprinted scholarly essays; a section devoted exclusively to reviews and reactions by the subject’s contemporaries; original essays, new translations, and revisions commissioned especially for the series; and previously unpublished materials such as interviews, lost letters and manuscript fragments. Also included are a bibliography of the subject’s writings and interviews, and a name and subject index.


"Contains 17 essays, both newly commissioned and reprinted, addressing Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s novels and his political struggle against colonialism and neocolonialism. Works discussed in one or more essays include The River Between, Weep Not, Child, A Grain of Wheat, Petals of Blood, and Devil on the Cross. Other topics include Whitman’s America and Ngugi’s Kenya; anti-racist juvenile literature; and problems associated with publishing Ngugi in Kenya..." -- Reference & Research Book News (May 2001)

— Reference & Research Book News