Other literary forms
Excerpts from the novels of Amos Tutuola (tew-tew-OH-lah) have appeared in numerous anthologies of African literature, but only a handful of short stories have been published. Most of these stories were, until the 1980’s, either earlier or later versions of tales included in the novels. These stories include “The Elephant Woman” (in The Chicago Review, 1956), “Ajaiyi and the Witchdoctor” (The Atlantic Monthly, 1959), “The Duckling Brothers and Their Disobedient Sister” (Présence africaine, 1961), “Akanke and the Jealous Pawnbroker” (Afriscope, 1974), and “The Pupils of the Eyes” (Confrontation: A Journal of Third World Literature, 1974). In 1984, two new stories about a character called Tort, the Shell Man, were published in a popular fantasy anthology in the United States, indicating the possibility of an entirely new audience in the 1980’s. Those stories, “The Strange Fellows Palm-Wine Tapster” and “Tort and the Dancing Market Woman,” published in Elsewhere in 1984, reprise themes found in Tutuola’s earliest writings.