Things Fall Apart

ISBN-10: 0449208109

ISBN-13: 9780449208106

Edition: N/A

Authors: Chinua Achebe

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List price: $4.95
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 4.25" wide x 7.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Albert Chinualumogu Achebe was born the son of Isaiah Okafo, a Christian churchman, and Janet N. Achebe November 16, 1930 in Ogidi, Nigeria. He attended Government College in Umuahia from 1944 to 1947 and University College in Ibadan from 1948 to 1953. He then received his B.A. from London University in 1953 and studied broadcasting at the British Broadcasting Corporation in London in 1956. Achebe worked as a broadcaster when he wrote first two novels, and then quit working to devote himself to writing full time. Unfortunately his literary career was cut short by the Nigerian Civil War. During this time he supported the ill-fated Biafrian cause and served abroad as a diplomat. He and his family narrowly escaped assassination. After the civil war, he abandoned fiction for a period in favor of essays, short stories, and poetry. He later became a professor of literature in Nigeria and America. Achebe was the first Nigerian writer to successfully fuse the conventions of the novel, historically a European art form, with African storytelling. He is also the first major African novelist to publish in English.

The Life and Works of Chinua Achebe
Time Line of Chinua Achebe's Life
The Historical and Cultural Context of Things Fall Apart
Technique and Theme in Things Fall Apart
Characters in Things Fall Apart
Places in Things Fall Apart
Map of Africa
Map of Nigeria
Images of Igbo Life
Respond to the Selection, Chapters 1-5
Respond to the Selection, Chapters 6-8
Respond to the Selection, Chapters 9-13
Respond to the Selection, Chapters 14-19
Respond to the Selection, Chapters 20-25
Glossary of Igbo Words and Phrases
Plot Analysis of Things Fall Apart
Related Readings
"Going Home Was a Sad Awakening," Marjorie Coeyman, The Christian Science Monitor (news article)
"An African Voice," interview with Chinua Achebe by Katie Bacon, Atlantic Unbound (interview)
"The Second Coming," William Butler Yeats (poem)
"Lament of the Sacred Python," Chinua Achebe (poem)
from Kehinde, Buchi Emecheta (novel excerpt)
"Heaven Is Not Closed," Bessie Head (short story)
"Should My Tribal Past Shape Delia's Future?," Dympna Ugwu-Oju, Newsweek (personal essay)
Creative Writing Activities
Critical Writing Activities
Glossary of Words for Everyday Use
Handbook of Literary Terms
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