Ownership: "Martin Banham (Review-Books Abroad)" 64 pages. --Softcover. Good used condition (light soil & wear, short tears spine foot, small peel mark first blank page). --A very early Soyinka play, first produced in Ibadan, 1959. Our book has striking, different cover art, see our image.
First edition. Near fine in illustrated wrappers, small name on the front free endpaper. Signed by Wole Soyinka on the title page. The Lion and the Jewel is one of the best-known plays by Africa's major dramatist, Wole Soyinka. It is set in the Yoruba village of Ilunjinle. The main characters are Sidi (the Jewel), 'a true village belle' and Baroka (the Lion), the crafty and powerful Bale of the village, Lakunle, the young teacher, influenced by western ways, and Sadiku, the eldest of Baroka's wives. How the Lion hunts the Jewel is the theme of this ribald comedy.
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