Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

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Chinua Achebe Biography
Chinua Achebe, the author of ¨Things Fall Apart¨, was known for writing about the imposition of white men on African society. Achebe was a Nigerian man who became one of the most well-known authors in the world. His works were inspired by African culture and he helped define African literature. Chinua’s most famous literary work is ¨Things Fall Apart¨, but he has many other books that he is known for, including “No Longer at Ease”, ¨Arrow of God¨, and ¨A Man of the People¨. Achebe helped to define African literature, and show the reality of Europeans’ mistreatment toward Africans.

Chinua Achebe was born to Isaiah and Janet Achebe as Albert Chinualumogu Achebe in the Igbo town of Ogidi, Nigeria on November 16, 1930. He favored the Igbo name Chinua, which was short for Chinualumogu, instead of Albert. Achebe grew up in Ogidi until he accepted a scholarship to study medicine at the University College of Ibadan. He decided to switch to English literature and gave up the scholarship, though his brother John provided financial assistance and he was able to continue. His college professors were all European, and he read Shakespeare, Milton, Defoe, Swift, and many other renowned European authors. In 1939, one of the books they were required to read was ¨Mister Johnson¨. This book serves as a turning point for Achebe, and inspires him to write about Nigerian life. In 1958, he published ¨Things Fall Apart¨ and it received the Margaret Wrong Memorial Prize…

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