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1 collection (24 linear feet (16 boxes))
The collection also contains personal and professional correspondence, including the many greetings sent to congratulate him on his 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature. Correspondence regarding his compositions includes letters to and from publishers, copyright permissions, and correspondence concerning translations. Correspondents include American scholar and colleague Henry Louis Gates and London publisher Rex Collings. Soyinka has also participated in many United Nations activities regarding African development and child welfare, principally with UNESCO and UNICEF. The collection contains correspondence exhibiting Soyinka's involvement with humanitarian causes, including campaigns on behalf of writers suffering political persecution, principally Ken Saro-Wiwa, Tai Solarin, and Kofi Awoonor.
The collection also contains correspondence and other materials (programs/playbills, reviews, posters, etc.) related to theatrical productions of Wole Soyinka's plays, arranged alphabetically by title of play.
Biographical materials include clippings and other materials about Wole Soyinka and his life, such as biographical statements for inclusion in directories. There is also a small amount of correspondence related to Wole Soyinka's personal family life.
Biographical / Historical
His many plays include The Lion and the jewel, A Dance of the forests, and Death and the king's horseman. He is also a noted novelist , memoirist , essayist, and poet. He has been involved in international literary movements (Union of Writers of the African Peoples [UWAP] ) as well as global humanitarian efforts (Amnesty International, UNESCO), and is much in demand as a lecturer and speaker, known for his passionate commitment to civil liberty in his own country and around the world. In 1986, Soyinka was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
- I. Compositions
- II. Correspondence
- ___II-A. By correspondent
- ___II.-B. Nobel Prize greetings
- ___II-C. Ledgers
- III. Union of Writers of African Peoples (UWAP) records
- IV. University of Ife records
- V. Production files
- VI. Financial records
- VII. Subject files
- VIII. Biographical material
- IX. Audio-visual material
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Soyinka, Wole. Wole Soyinka papers, 1966-1996: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
- EAD ID
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