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Chinua Achebe

Writer (November 16, 1930 - March 21, 2013)
Nationality: Nigerian
After the release of his acclaimed first novel, Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe became known as one of the most prominent names in African literature. His works are notable for their use of African folklore and oral tradition.
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

  • Autobiography 1970
Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings revolutionized the autobiographical genre by using fictional elements to portray Angelou's childhood experiences as a black girl in racist America. The book is a seminal work in African-American literature.

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