Twaynes World Authors SeriesSeries Editors: Frank Day, Clemson University Joseph M. Flora, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Pattie Cowell, Colorado State University Ruth K. MacDonald A volume in Twaynes Authors Series of literary criticism offers a critical introduction to the life and work of a particular writer, to the history and influence of a literary movement, or to the development of a literary genre. Primarily devoted to critical interpretation and discussion of an authors work, the study not only takes account of major literary trends and important contributions in scholarship and criticism but also provides new critical insights and an original point of view. Authors Series volumes are rooted in the original works themselves and address readers ranging from advanced high school students to university professors. The book suggests to the informed reader new ways of considering a writers work. A reader new to the work under examination will, after reading the Authors Series study, be compelled to turn to the originals, bringing to the reading a basic knowledge and fresh critical perspectives.Since its rise to world stature in the early 1960s, the African novel has offered both literary invention and bitter insight into the post-colonial experience. Such authors as Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, and Ngugi wa Thiongo have helped define the novel of political engagement at the dawn of African independence. Derek Wright examines twenty-one of the most innovative English-language novels written by Africans over the past thirty years, providing readers with a lively, lucid introduction to African fiction.