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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouseUK; 1st edition (March 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467889229
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467889223
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,952,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arthur Edgar E. Smith was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, where he grew up and was schooled. His schooling started in the east-end of Freetown at the Holy Trinity School for Boys located then at two locations at Kissy Road and Fourah Bay Road. He entered The Prince of Wales School at Kingtom in the West-end of Freetown in 1967. He passed his G.C.E O' Level exams in 1972 with a distinction in English. He then proceeded to the Albert Academy, a school accomplished for the arts just at the tip of the Mount Aureol, leading to Fourah Bay College. He spent two years at the Albert Academy preparing for his A level exams. During this period he became exposed to much great literature at the school library. He was already writing regularly and contributing articles and stories to local radio programs. When he was admitted into the Arts faculty, Fourah Bay College, that was to give him greater opportunities of harnessing his talents. He met a wider selection of literary personalities. He joined literary clubs on campus and eventually enrolled as a member of the national association of writers for which he eventually became Secretary-General. At Fourah Bay College he offered courses in English, Philosophy, Sociology and Political Science. He later secured a post graduate Diploma in Education and an M.A. in African Literature. Since 1977 he has taught English at the Prince of Wales School and Milton Margai College of Education before moving over to Fourah Bay College where he has been lecturing various aspects of English including Literature and Creative Writing for almost the past decade. He is a Senior Lecturer and also Editor PEN Sierra Leone. Mr. Smith's writings have appeared in amongst many media, West Africa Magazine, Index on Censorship, Focus on Library and Information Work, EzineArticles.com, articlesland.co.uk, and suite101. He was amongst 17 international visitors who participated in a seminar on contemporary Ameri

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Arthur Edgar E. Smith was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone. His schooling started at the Holy Trinity School for Boys located then at two locations at Kissy and Fourah Bay Roads. He entered The Prince of Wales School at Kingtom. He then proceeded to the Albert Academy. Here he spent two years. He became exposed to much great literature at the school library. He was already writing regularly and contributing articles and stories to local radio programs. When he was admitted into the Arts faculty, Fourah Bay College, that was to give him greater opportunities to harness his talents. He met a wider selection of literary personalities. He joined literary clubs on campus and eventually enrolled as a member of the national association of writers for which he eventually became Secretary-General. He took courses in English, Philosophy, Sociology and Political Science. He later secured a post graduate Diploma in Education and an M.A. in African Literature. Since 1977 he has taught English at the Prince of Wales School and Milton Margai College of Education before moving over to Fourah Bay College where he has been lecturing various aspects of English including Literature and Creative Writing for almost the past decade. He is a Senior Lecturer and also Editor PEN Sierra Leone. Mr. Smith's writings have appeared in amongst many media, West Africa Magazine, Index on Censorship, Focus on Library and Information Work, EzineArticles.com, articlesland.co.uk, and suite101. He was amongst 17 international visitors who participated in a seminar on contemporary American Literature.

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Arthur Edgar E. Smith has written eleven short stories of life and families in Sierra Leone. Many share the stories of students in school, and the relations between fathers and sons in west African families. A few are derivitive, such as an account of a black minority working man in Memphis, Tennessee, who used his Irish-American supervisor's library card in order to borrow library books from the segregated public library. This incident is taken from an account of Richard Wright's autobiography.

Other stories are modern tales from the Krio, using folk characters like "Bra Rabbit" (Brother Rabbit), "Bra Spider" and "Bra Kakroch" (Cockroach), somewhat similar to the tales from the American south of "Brer Rabbit" and his friends.

The Day of Judgement recounts the old legend/joke about the man passing by a graveyard after dark, and hearing two thieves dividing up the loot. He thinks it is Satan and St. Peter dividing up the souls, and panics. This is a common enough tale, and is told in many American cultural groups, including Hispanic, Cajun and southern black folktales.

This is a nice collection of stories, and would be of interest to people who want to know more about current African writers, Sierra Leone, modern folktales and stories from the Krio literature. Recommended.
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