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Things Fall Apart Lesson Plan

Introduction to Things Fall Apart

First published in 1958 in English, Things Fall Apart has since been translated in at least fifty languages and has sold more than ten million copies worldwide. Its author, Chinua Achebe, has been called the "patriarch of the African novel," and Things Fall Apart has been described as "one of the first works of fiction to present African village life from an African perspective," in which Achebe "began the literary reclamation of his country's history from generations of colonial writers." At University College in Ibadan, Nigeria, the Nigerian-born Achebe first encountered the works of colonial literature on Africa that inspired him to write a work of fiction from the...

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