African Writers Series

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African Writers Series features more than 250 volumes of fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction prose, including works by Chinua Achebe, Ama Ata Aidoo, Steve Biko, Buchi Emecheta, Nadine Gordimer, Bessie Head, Doris Lessing, Nelson Mandela, Dambudzo Marechera, Christopher Okigbo, Okot p'Bitek and Tayeb Salih. A particular strength of this collection is the inclusion of women's poetry from The Heimemann Book of African Women's Poetry (1995).  This was formerly a sub-collection of Literature Online and shares a similar interface.


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Dates covered

Primarily 20th Century.

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Completed set.


Based on the print collection Heinemann’s African Writers Series.

Type of coverage

Full Text of fiction, poetry, and drama.

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related resources

Based on the print collection Heinemann’s African Writers Series.

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