Founded in 1968 by Heinemann Publishers, London, African Literature Today is the oldest international journal of African Literature.
James Currey have now re-issued archival volumes ALT 1-14 making the complete series available and providing the historical perspective of these early contributions to the literature and its criticism.
The first book, ALT 1-4, combines the initial 4 volumes of the series (published from 1968-1970 and combined into one volume in 1972) and includes Bernth Lindfors’ essay on ‘The palm wine with which Achebe’s words are eaten’, plus early reviews of Elechi Amadi’s The Concubine, Aimé Césaire’s Une Saison au Congo, Flora Nwapa’s Efuru and Ngugi’s A Grain of Wheat.
ALT 5 was published in 1971 and was the first volume in the series to focus on a specific theme – in this instance the novel – whilst continuing the format of including contributions from both writers and critics. From there on, the African Literature Today series were produced as single volumes, approx. one a year right through to ALT 33 which is forthcoming for November 2015.
For three decades ALT was edited by the Sierra Leonean-born Professor Eldred Durosimi Jones. In 2000 when Professor Jones retired as Editor Emeritus, the editorship passed on to Professor Ernest N. Emenyonu. African Literature Today covers single topics and includes extensive book reviews in each issue with contributions from writers, literary scholars and critics all over the world.
For the re-issued volumes ALT 1-14, and for ALT 15 up to the current issue, see here.
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