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Background on Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka, 1986 winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, will come to UC on Nov. 30 in a visit co-sponsored by the Weinberger Center, Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati's Theater of the Mind program (co-founded by Norma Jenckes) and Miami University. A former Nigerian exile, Soyinka is considered Africa's most distinguished playwright, but is also a poet, novelist and lecturer. During the Biafran Civil War, he was held in solitary confinement (1967-1969). His verse collection "Poems from Prison" (republished as "A Shuttle in the Crypt") and the prose work "The Man Died" are two of the works that resulted from his imprisonment.

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