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The Palm-Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola 1st / 1st 1952


First edition and first print published by Faber in 1952. This is an exceptional very near fine copy. The Barnett Freedman wrapper is in very complete condition with very little if any wear. The boards are bright and clean. The book is sturdy and square. There are no previous owner's marks and no foxing. There is some browning to the front free end paper. Overall this is a very near fine copy and scarce with such nice attributes.


The Palm-Wine Drinkard (subtitled "and his Dead Palm-Wine Tapster in the Dead's Town") is a novel by the Nigerian author Amos Tutuola. It is the first African novel published in English outside of Africa. The tale is based on Yoruba folktales and is written in a modified Yoruba English or Pidgin English. In it, a man follows his brewer into the land of the dead, encountering many spirits and adventures. The novel has been controversial since publication, inspiring both admiration and contempt among western and Nigerian critics, but has emerged as one of the most important texts in the African literary canon, translated into more than a dozen languages.