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Professor Emeritus Bernth Lindfors publishes 'Early East African Writers and Publishers'

Posted: April 26, 2011
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About Early East African Writers and Publishers

Focusing on the early careers of notable East African writers such as Ngugi wa Thiong'o, David Maillu and Okot p'Bitek, EARLY EAST AFRICAN WRITERS AND PUBLISHERS is a collection of essays exploring the emergence of East African multilingual literary production in the mid-20th century. Through interviews with the major writers of the region, Professor Lindfors provides rare accounts into the process by which East Africa, once considered the literary desert of the African continent, became central to the creation of a unique literary scene.

Praise about Early East African Writers and Publishers (From the Africa World Press Web site)

“Historical documentation becomes art when it is bold enough to transcend the linearity of time and place by an interacting subject. Bernth Lindfors is such a troubling and participating voice and narrator. His multithematic book Early East African Writers and Publishers combines the abundance of detailed information on the emergence of individual writers such as Ngugi wa Thiong'o, David Maillu, and Okot p'Bitek, the theoretical valuation of East African multilingual literary production coming out of the oral and the popular, and the transitive and interdependent relations of the writer, the translator, the publisher and the readership. Lindfors' writing of East Africa of 1950-1980 is a personal and critical account of great relevance, down to the charms of his style and the inquisitiveness of his engagement.”

Raoul J. Granqvist

Professor Emeritus, Umeå University

“Bernth Lindfors has long been recognized as one of the pioneers of African literary history and criticism and as the essays in this collection exemplify, he is also the chief archivist of African literary culture. These essays provide readers with an important vista into East African literature at its moment of inception in the 1960s and its flowering in the 1970s. Through rare interviews with the major writers of the region and their publishers, Professor Lindfors provides rare accounts into the process by which East Africa, once considered to be the literary desert of the African continent, became central to the creation of the most unique multilingual literature of the modern period.”

Simon Gikandi

Robert Schirmer Professor of English, Princeton University

About the Author

Bernth Lindfors, Professor Emeritus of English and African Literatures at The University of Texas at Austin, is the author and editor of numerous books on African literatures, the latest being Early Soyinka (AWP, 2008) Early Achebe (AWP, 2009) and Early West African Writers (AWP, 2010).

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