The University of Texas at Austin, has acquired a collection of African, African-American and Native-American literature from Nigeria RPCV Charles R. Larson, a professor at American University who is highly regarded for his work on African and Third World writers
"I began reading African writers in 1962 when I was sent to Nigeria as a Peace Corps volunteer," said Larson. "It was immediately apparent to me that a rich and exciting literature was emerging across the continent. My interests expanded when I returned to the United States and discovered similarly important (though sadly overlooked) writing by African-American and American Indian writers. I feel as if I've been in a privileged position to observe so many great writers during what is fast approaching a half century." "Charles R. Larson has written books on African, African-American, American Indian and Third World literatures, and his library reflects his wide-ranging interests," said Dr. Bernth Lindfors, professor emeritus of English and African literatures at The University of Texas at Austin. "It is especially rich in books, manuscripts and correspondence by authors Larson was studying, interviewing and writing about. Scholars working at the Ransom Center on any of these literatures will find his collection an invaluable resource." Printed highlights include inscribed copies of major works of African, African-American, and Native-American literature; substantial runs of African literary magazines, including the foundational Nigerian journal Black Orpheus; and more than 120 Onitsha Market pamphlets, an important form of Nigerian popular literature. Read more.