Chinua Achebe, a giant of African literature who taught at Bard University in New York and Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, has died in Boston at the age of 82.
Professor Achebe, a native of Nigeria, is best known for this 1958 novel Things Fall Apart. The book is considered the best-selling book by a modern African author with over 12 million copies in print. The book has been translated into more than 50 languages.
Since 2009, Achebe has served as the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and professor of Africana studies at Brown University. He was the founding editor of the Heinemann African Writers Series which now has published more than one hundred titles. Achebe was the editor of journal Nsukkascope, published by the University of Nsukka, and was the founder of Okike: A Nigerian Journal of New Writing.