“Wole Soyinka’s writings – his theatre, prose and poetry – are an expression of the most determined attempt at self-understanding ever made by the African world, that is to say, of the original, innate mythopoeisis of its symbols, society and history.

The ethical, religious, human and social themes developed in his work, though rooted in his African affirmation, are the absolute and universal themes of the relationship between the individual and nature, between the individual and the human community defending itself against the tyranny of conformity and dogma – political or theocratic – misgovernance and corruption. ‘Human liberty’ he constantly affirms, ‘is my abiding religion’”

  • 1960
  • THE TRIALS OF BROTHER JERO

    Drama

  • 1963
  • A DANCE OF THE FORESTS

    Drama

  • THE STRONG BREED

    Drama

  • THE SWAMP DWELLERS

    Drama

  • THE LION AND THE JEWEL

    Drama

  • 1965
  • KONGI’S HARVEST

    Drama

  • THE INTERPRETERS

    Novel

  • THE ROAD

    Drama

  • 1967
  • IDANRE AND OTHER POEMS

    Poetry

  • 1968
  • THE FOREST OF A THOUSAND DAEMONS

    Novel (Translation from the Yoruba)

  • 1969
  • POEMS FROM PRISON

    Poetry

  • 1970
  • MADMEN AND SPECIALISTS

    Drama

  • 1971
  • BEFORE THE BLACKOUT

    Drama

  • 1972
  • JERO’S METAMORPHOSIS

    Drama

  • A SHUTTLE IN THE CRYPT

    Poems

  • THE MAN DIED

    Memoirs

  • 1973
  • SEASON OF ANOMY

    Novel

  • CAMWOOD ON THE LEAVES

    Drama

  • COLLECTED PLAYS 1

  • 1974
  • COLLECTED PLAYS 2

  • 1975
  • DEATH AND THE KING’S HORSEMEN

    Drama

  • 1976
  • MYTH, LITERATURE, AND THE AFRICAN WORLD

    Essays

  • OGUN ABIBIMAN Poetry

  • 1981
  • AKÉ: THE YEARS OF CHILDHOOD

    Autobiography

  • OPERA WONYOSI

    Drama

  • 1984
  • A PLAY OF GIANTS

    Drama

  • 1985
  • REQUIEM FOR A FUTUROLOGIST

    Drama

  • 1986
  • THIS PAST MUST ADDRESS ITS PRESENT

    (Nobel Lecture)

  • 1987
  • ÌSARÀ – A Voyage Around ‘Essay’

    Non-fiction

  • 1988
  • MANDELA’S EARTH AND OTHER POEMS

    Poetry

  • ART, DIALOGUE AND OUTRAGE: Essays on Literature and Culture

  • 1991
  • THE CREDO OF BEING AND NOTHINGNESS

    Essay

  • 1992
  • FROM ZIA, WITH LOVE

    Drama

  • 1993
  • BEYOND THE BERLIN WALL

    Essay

  • 1994
  • IBADAN: THE PENKELEMES YEARS

    Biography

  • 1995
  • THE BEATIFICATION OF AREA BOY

    Drama

  • 1996
  • THE OPEN SORE OF A CONTINENT: A Personal Narrative of the Nigerian Crisis

  • 1999
  • THE BURDEN OF MEMORY, THE MUSE OF FORGIVENESS

  • 2001
  • KING BAABU

    Drama

  • 2006
  • YOU MUST SET FORTH AT DAWN: A MEMOIR

    Autobiography

  • 2012
  • OF AFRICA

    Non-Fiction

  • 2013
  • ALAPATA OF APATA

    Drama

  • INTERVENTIONS I, II,III & IV

    Essay Collections on Poliiics, Ethics etc.

JOURNEY

I never feel I have arrived, though I come
To journey’s end. I took the road
That loses crest to questions, yet bears me
Down the other homeward earth. I know
My flesh is nibbled clean, lost
To fretful fish among the rusted hull
I passed them on my way.

And so with bread and wine
I lack the sharing with defeat and dearth
I passed them on my way.

I never feel I have arrived
Though love and welcome snare me home
Usurpers hand my cup at every
Feast, a last supper.

(Idanre and Other Poems)