The Lion and the Jewel.

First Edition of Wole Soyinka's The Lion and the Jewel; Signed by Him

The Lion and the Jewel.



Item Number: 1088

London: Oxford University Press, 1963.

First edition of this early Soyinka play. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For a fellow explorer Wole Soyinka.” In fine condition.

The Lion and the Jewel is a play by Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka that was first performed in 1959. It chronicles how Baroka, the lion, fights with the modern Lakunle over the right to marry Sidi, the titular Jewel. Lakunle is portrayed as the civilized antithesis of Baroka and unilaterally attempts to modernize his community and change its social conventions for no reason other than the fact that he can. The transcript of the play was first published in 1962 by Oxford University Press. Soyinka emphasizes the theme of the corrupted African culture through the play, as well as how the youth should embrace the original African culture.

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