Based on events that took place in Oyo, an ancient Yoruba city of Nigeria, in 1946, Wole Soyinka's powerful play concerns the intertwined lives of Elesin Oba, the king's chief horseman; his son, Olunde, now studying medicine in England; and Simon Pilkings, the colonial district officer. The king has died and Elesin, his chief horseman, is expected by law and custom to commit suicide and accompany his ruler to heaven. The stage is set for a dramatic climax when Pilkings learns of the ritual and decides to intervene and Elesin's son arrives home.
Author: Wole Soyinka Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company Published: 04/17/2002 Pages: 80 Binding Type: Paperback Weight: 0.26lbs Size: 8.28h x 5.56w x 0.25d ISBN: 9780393322996
Accelerated Reader: Reading Level: 4.8 Point Value: 3 Interest Level: Upper Grade Quiz #/Name: 143049 / Death and the King's Horseman
About the Author Soyinka, Wole: - Wole Soyinka, one of Africa's foremost writers, won the Nobel Prize in 1986 and is the author of Death and the King's Horseman, among other works.
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