Guanya Pau: A Story of an African Princess
The first book of long fiction by an African to be published in English, this novel tells the story of a young woman of the Vai people in Liberia. Guanya Pau, betrothed as a child to a much older, polygamous man, flees her home rather than be forced into marriage, and the novel recounts her subsequent efforts to reach the Christian community where the man she loves awaits her. Joseph Jeffrey Walters was a Vai man who converted to Christianity, and this, his only novel, is a remarkably complex work, embracing both Christian beliefs and a deep pride in his African heritage.
This Broadview edition includes a critical introduction that locates the novel in the context of Vai culture and the history of African missions, and a rich selection of historical documents relating to the education of African women, the Vai writing system, and the author’s life.
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Guanya Pau has the distinction of being the first complete, novel-length work of fiction in English by an African author. As such, it is invaluable in terms of historical study, but the story itself ... Read full review
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This claims to be the first novel ever published in English by an African. Liberian-born Walters produced the novel in 1891 when studying in the United States. The plot follows the woes of title ... Read full review
A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
Introductory Notes to Guanya Pau
A STORY OF AN AFRICAN PRINCESS
From Sir Arthur Helps Friends in Council 1853
Charles C PenickThe Devil Bush of West Africa 1893