Amos Tutuola

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Amos Tutuola
BirthplaceAbeokuta, Nigeria
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Tutuola, Amos


Born June 1920 in Abeokuta. Nigerian writer.

Tutuola, who writes in English, is the author of The Palm-wine Drinkard (1952), My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (1954), Simbi and the Satyr of the Dark Jungle (1955; Russian translation, The Adventures of Simbi, 1968), and Feather Woman of the Jungle (1962; Russian translation, 1968). Tutuola’s works are based on oral legends and folklore motifs of the Yoruban people.


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