JAMB Recommended Books for Literature in English

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To all Jambites who will be offering Literature in the 2020 JAMB, here is a list of the JAMB Recommended Books for Literature which you will have to study.

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JAMB Recommended Books for Literature in English


  • Gbemisola, A. (2005)Naked Soles, Ibadan: Kraft
  • Hayward, J. (ed.) (1968) The Penguin Book of English Verse, London Penguin
  • Johnson, R. et al (eds.) (1996) New Poetry from Africa, Ibadan: UP Plc
  • Kermode, F. et al (1964) Oxford Anthology of English Literature, Vol. II, London: OUP
  • Nwoga D. (ed.) (1967) West African Verse, London: Longman
  • Senanu, K. E. and Vincent, T. (eds.) (1993) A Selection of African Poetry, Lagos: Longman
  • Soyinka, W. (ed.) (1987) Poems of Black Africa, Ibadan: Heinemann


  • Abrams, M. H. (1981) A Glossary of Literary Terms, (4th Edition) New York, Holt Rinehalt and Winston
  • Emeaba, O. E. (1982) A Dictionary of Literature, Aba: Inteks Press
  • Murphy, M. J. (1972) Understanding Unseen, An Introduction to English Poetry and English Novel for Overseas Students, George Allen and Unwin Ltd.

3. Drama


Frank Ogodo Ogbeche: Harvest of Corruption


William Shakespeare: Othello

4. Prose:


i. Amma Darko: Faceless

ii. Bayo Adebowale: Lonely Days


i. Richard Wright: Native Son

5. Poetry:


i. Birago Diop: Vanity

ii. Gbemisola Adeoti: Ambush

iii. Gabriel Okara: Piano and Drum’s

iv. Gbanabam Hallowell: The Dining Table

v. Lenrie Peter: The Panic of Growing Older

vi. Kofi Awoonor: The Anvil and the Hammer


i. Alfred Tennyson: Crossing the Bar

ii. George Herbert: The Pulley

iii. William Blake: The School Boy

iv. William Morris: The Proud King


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