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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