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FIRST COLLECTED EDITION. 8vo (in 16s), pp. [x], 276, [2]. Mustard cloth, spine lettered in gilt with black framing. Patterned endpapers by Taj Ahmed, extending his dust jacket design. Gentle pushing to spine ends, a few marks to fore-edge, else, clean, tight and bright. In the original black, white and orange dust jacket: spine sunned, chipping and closed tear to spine ends, wear to corners. A pleasing copy of an attractive edition.
Dealer Notes
A Three Crowns Book. The Nigerian playwright, poet, actor and activist won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986. A Dance of the Forests and The Lion and the Jewel were first published as individual titles by OUP in 1963, while The Swamp Dwellers, The Trials of Brother Jero and The Strong Breed first appeared in 1962 under the title Three Plays, published by Mbari Publications.
Though without inscription, this copy is from the library of Doreen and Walter Newlyn. Professor Walter Tessier Newlyn (1915-2002) was a British economist and educator, known for his work on monetary theory and with African nations, especially Uganda. In 1945 Newlyn was accepted as a mature student to read economics at LSE and by 1948 he was an assistant lecturer at the University of Leeds (UoL), to which he remained affiliated throughout his career, despite working extensively in Africa. From 1967 (until his retirement in 1978) Newlyn was Professor of Developmental Economics and in 1964 had founded UoL’s African Studies Unit, now LUCAS (Loxley, 2003). Both Doreen and Walter were passionate about theatre; in the late 1950s they set up the Uganda Pilgrim Players, the country’s first multi-racial theatre group. Back in the UK, Doreen was key to the foundation of the Leeds Playhouse in 1968.
Author SOYINKA, Wole; AHMED, Taj (designer)
Date 1964
Publisher London and Ibadan: Oxford University Press
Condition Near fine/ very good

Price: £45.00

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