The Village Witch Doctor Essay

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In the following brief review, John Haynes discusses Amos Tutuola's book The Village Witch Doctor and Other Stories, a collection of fables and retellings of old Yoruba folk tales for which Tutuola is widely known.

Although The Palm Wine Drinkard was Amos Tutuola's first published novel, he had written The Wild Hunter in the Bush of the Ghosts earlier, in 1948, and sent the exercise-book manuscript to Faber and Faber where it stayed until 1982, when Three Continents Press issued a limited scholars's edition with a facsimile of Tutuola's handwriting. In 1983, while attending the International Writers' Workshop at Iowa, Tutuola was asked to prepare the present edition. In his foreword, Bernth Lindfors writes:

He went through the typescript of the original version
carefully, correcting obvious errors and restructuring
several episodes. I was asked to lend a hand in the
revision and to supervise computerized typesetting of
the final text.



Lindfors'...

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