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Things Fall Apart (1958): Library Resources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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Reference Materials

Search the Library Catalog for the following reference titles that contain material about Things Fall Apart. These titles may be available in other college or public libraries.

  • Black Literary Criticism [vol 1]
  • Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents
  • Commonwealth Literature
  • The Companion to African Literature
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism [vols 1, 3, 5, 7, 11, 26, 51, 75, 127] - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals; look forThings Fall Apart in the Cumulative Title Index, a separate paperback index that accompanies this multi-volume work
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Characters [vol 4]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Places [vol 3]
  • Cyclopedia of World Authors [vol 1]
  • Critical Survey of Long Fiction [vols 1, 8]
  • Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century [vols 1, 3, 5]
  • Exploration and Colonization (Bloom's Literary Themes)
  • Literature and Its Times [vol 2; suppl 1, part 2]
  • Masterplots [vol 2]
  • Masterplots II: British and Commonwealth Fiction [vol 4]
  • Modern Commonwealth Literature
  • Novels for Students [vol 2]
  • Things Fall Apart: Critical Insights
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism (TCLC) - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals
    • [vol 30] - locate the topical essay "Nigerian Literature in the Twentieth Century"
    • [vol 86] - locate the topical essay "Folklore in Literature"
    • [vol 146] - locate the topical essay "Postcolonial African Literature"
    • [vol 198] - locate the topical essay "Commonwealth Literature
  • Understanding Things Fall Apart : A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents
  • World Authors, 1950 - 1970
  • World Literature and Its Times [vol 2]

Books & Audio/Visual Materials

    Conduct a "Subject Browse" search using the Library Catalog for either:

    • Achebe, Chinua
    • Things Fall Apart

    You'll find library materials that provide biographical information about Chinua Achebe, as well criticism and interpretation of his work.

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