Tutuola, Amos

Tutuola, Amos,

1920–97, Nigerian novelist, noted for his idiosyncratic use of Yoruba legend and fantasy in tales written in vernacular African English. His first novel, The Palm-Wine Drunkard (1952), is probably his best known.
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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.


Ajaiyi and His Inherited Poverty. London, 1967.


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Palm-Wine Drinkard, The (in full The Palm-Wine Drinkard and His Dead Palm-Wine Tapster in the Dead's Town) Novel by Tutuola, Amos, published in 1952 and since translated into 11 languages.