Saturday, October 20, 2012

Picture Speaks: Chinua Achebe, Two Years after His Debut

Chinua Achebe in 1960
A reader is likely to have the image of a favourite author fixed in his or her head forever. Usually, this image will be a representation of the author at the age or period the reader got to know him. Hardly will it change. Thus, if the author became a favourite in his old age, this image sticks and rarely does one look back on the author's younger years. And vice versa.

I chanced upon Chinua Achebe's picture, supposedly taken two years after the publication of his debut novel Things Fall Apart. I must say that I've never ever thought of searching for this author in his youthful days. When Things Fall Apart was published, in 1958, the author was twenty-eight.

Have you seen your favourite authors in their young days (if they are old)? And can you identify them?

This picture was obtained through Seun Writes and I hope I'm using it fairly since I'm not benefitting - financially - from its use here.

5 comments:

  1. What an interesting picture. To think that he was 28 when the book was published. Wonder how old he was when he first conceived of it.
    On a different note, how is your list of banned books coming? Do you have a list posted somewhere yet?
    Your blog is impressive, Nana. You are so well read.

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    1. Thanks Trixie. I will create a link to the documents soon so people could access it. It's coming up slowly. Participation is on the low side I hope it will increase soon.

      Thanks.

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  2. Awwww. Thanks for sharing this picture. I love his work.

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    1. Always. I'll try to get more of these (of other authors) and share with you.

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