Cartey, Wilfred. Whispers from a Continent: The Literature of Contemporary Black Africa. New York: Vintage Books, 1969. Clark-Bekederemo’s Song of a Goat, The Masquerade, and The Raft are analyzed in considerable detail, toward Cartey’s thesis that in Clark-Bekederemo’s plays “man is indeed adrift and his actions to escape the drift are futile.”
Egudu, Romanus. Four Modern West African Poets. New York: NOK, 1977. The chapter on Clark-Bekederemo makes the point that his poetry and drama both take on “the theme of calamity, of the tragic ‘reality’ of existence.” Characters are victims of punishment, often undeserved, from society and the gods.
Elimimian, Isaac Irabor. The Poetry of J. P. Clark Bekederemo. Ikeja, Nigeria: Longman Nigeria, 1989. A full-length study of Clark-Bekederemo’s poetry.
Esslin, Martin. “Two Nigerian Playwrights.” In Introduction to African Literature: An Anthology of Critical Writing from “Black Orpheus,” edited by Ulli Beier. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 1967. Clark-Bekederemo is compared with Wole Soyinka, but with more theatrical authority than African expertise. Particularly informative on the question of English-language theater for African writers.
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