The Lion and the Jewel. Wole Soyinka, Taj Ahmed, cover illustration.

The Lion and the Jewel

London: Oxford University Press, 1963. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps.

First edition of one of Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka’s best-known plays. Set in the Yoruba village of Ilunjinle, the Shakespearean-style comedy tells the ostensibly simple story of a lascivious elderly chief as he attempts to make a young girl a part of his harem. Debuting in 1959, the play evokes the common post-colonial struggle of choosing between tradition and modernity. Pictorial wraps designed by Sudanese artist Taj Ahmed. Some edgewear and soiling to wraps. Very good. Item #4281


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