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Amos Tutuola Biography | Author of The Village Witch Doctor

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Author Biography

Amos Tutuola has been described by Bernth Lindfors as "one of the great eccentrics in African literature" who "appears to be the kind of man least likely to win an international reputation as an author." Tutuola was born in Abeokuta, Western Nigeria, in 1920. Ethnically of Yoruba descent, and raised speaking Yoruba, Tutuola wrote, in English, epic adventures and short stories loosely derived from Yoruba myths and folk narratives. Tutuola's family was Christian. His father, Charles, was a cocoa farmer, and his mother's name was Esther. It was not until after his death that his reading public learned his family name was not Tutuola but Odegbami, Tutuola being his father's first name. Throughout his childhood, Tutuola received a checkered education, totaling less than six years, often changing schools due to family and financial circumstances, and working intermittently on his father's farm. Nonetheless, he excelled in school, and several times...

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