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MS Eng 1406

Achebe, Chinua. Chinua Achebe papers, circa 1963-1993: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Eng 1406
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Achebe, Chinua.
Title: Chinua Achebe papers,
Date(s): 1963-1993.
Quantity: 1 collection (3 linear feet (9 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Manuscripts of Achebe's main publications from Arrow of God (1964) to Anthills of the Savannah (1987), and of a few later occasional writings down to 1993; with some publishers' correspondence.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*95M-57. Purchased from Chinua Achebe through George Robert Minkoff with funds from the Amy Lowell fund and from the Afro-American Studies Department. Received 1996 May 15.

Processing Information:

Processed by: J. F. Coakley

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Chinua Achebe Papers (MS Eng 1406). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Chinua Achebe (1930- ) is a Nigerian writer and scholar. He became well known after his first novel Things fall apart (1958), which depicted the encounter of the Igbo people of Nigeria with the British colonial power. His subsequent novels and short stories are likewise set in West Africa. Achebe's poetry was written out of the experience of the Biafran war of 1966-1970. He became Senior Research Fellow at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1970, and Emeritus Professor of English in 1985. After holding several visiting appointments in Britain and the United States, in 1991 he became Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College in New York.


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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of manuscripts of Achebe's main publications from Arrow of God (1964) to Anthills of the Savannah (1987), and of a few later occasional writings down to 1993; and a small amount of correspondence, mostly with publishers. Achebe wrote almost all the compositions in this collection in longhand. The original manuscripts went through several drafts, and when they were typed he continued to revise them by hand. The publishers' setting copies, however, are usually clean.

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