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

  • The Lion and the Jewel.

The Lion and the Jewel.

Item Number: 1085

London: Oxford University Press, 1963.

First edition. Near fine in illustrated wrappers, small name on the front free endpaper. Signed by Wole Soyinka on the title page.

The Lion and the Jewel is one of the best-known plays by Africa's major dramatist, Wole Soyinka. It is set in the Yoruba village of Ilunjinle. The main characters are Sidi (the Jewel), 'a true village belle' and Baroka (the Lion), the crafty and powerful Bale of the village, Lakunle, the young teacher, influenced by western ways, and Sadiku, the eldest of Baroka's wives. How the Lion hunts the Jewel is the theme of this ribald comedy.