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Ezekiel Mphahlele’s 1962 collection of essays, The African Image, was an important early discussion of the “African personality.” His autobiography was published in two volumes, Down Second Avenue (1959) and Afrika My Music: An Autobiography (1984), and brought international attention to the oppression of blacks in South Africa. He has edited or coedited important volumes, including the landmark anthology African Writing Today (1967), Perspectives on South African English Literature (1992), and Seasons Come to Pass: A Poetry Anthology for Southern African Students (1994).