This discussion is based on three books that I wrote on market literature early in the nineteen-seventies. They are titled: Literature for the Masses (Nwamife 1971); Onitsha Market Literature (Heinemann 1972); and An African Popular Literature — A Study of Onitsha Market Pamphlets (Cambridge 1973). Literature for the Masses and An African Popular Literature contain critical commentaries on pamphlet literature, while Onitsha Market Literature is an anthology of selections from the writing supported by a long introduction. To gain a fairly comprehensive view of the scope, texture and thematic variety of market literature, one could have recourse to these books and to essays and reviews that are part of the enclosed bibliographic references. The discussion here is a drastically condensed view of a very complex subject matter.



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