Writer. Considered by many to be the father of modern African writing. His writings have introduced readers the world over to creative uses of language and form, as well as to factual accounts of modern African life and history. His first novel, Things Fall Apart, is taught throughout the English-speaking world, has been translated into more than 50 languages, and has sold in excess of 12 million copies. He also wrote four other novels: No Longer at Ease (the 1960 sequel to Things Fall Apart), Arrow of God (1964), A Man of the People (1966), and Anthills of the Savannah (1987). Achebe was born Albert Chinualumogu Achebe in the Igbo tribal town of Ogidi in eastern Nigeria, and attended the University of Ibadan. Achebe won many awards over the course of his writing career, including the Margaret Wong Memorial Prize (1959), Nigerian National Trophy for Literature (1960), the first Commonwealth Poetry Prize (1972), the Man Booker International Prize (2007), and the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize (2010). He also received honorary degrees from more than 30 universities around the world.
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