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Tutuola, Amos

Born: 1920 AD
Died: 1997 AD
Nationality: Nigerian
Categories: Authors

1920 – Born on June 20th in Abeokuta, Nigeria. Nigerian author of richly inventive fantasies.

1939 – He worked as a blacksmith and at other jobs until his first novel was published.

         – He was influenced by D.O. Fagunwa, a Nigerian author who wrote similar folk fantasies earlier in Yoruba.

1952 – He is best known for the novel The Palm-Wine Drinkard and His Dead Palm-Wine Tapster in the Deads’ Town, which was the first Nigerian book to achieve international fame.

1954 – Tutuola followed up his first book with My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.

1955 – Wrote Simbi and the Satyr of the Dark Jungle, a more compact tale focusing upon a beautiful and rich young girl who leaves her home and experiences poverty and starvation.

1958-1981 – More of his books followed—The Brave African Huntress, The Feather Woman of the Jungle, Ajaiyi and His Inherited Poverty, and The Witch-Herbalist of the Remote Town.

1986 – His later works include Yoruba Folktales, Pauper, Brawler, and Slanderer, and The Village Witch Doctor and Other Stories.

1997 – Died on June 8th in Ibadan, Nigeria.