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So Long a Letter: Introduction
So Long a Letter: Plot Summary
So Long a Letter: Detailed Summary & Analysis
So Long a Letter: Themes
So Long a Letter: Quotes
So Long a Letter: Characters
So Long a Letter: Symbols
So Long a Letter: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Mariama Bâ
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- Full Title: So Long a Letter
- When Written: 1979
- Where Written: Senegal
- When Published: 1979
- Literary Period: Contemporary, Post-colonial
- Genre: Epistolary novel, Feminist novel, Post-colonial literature, Négritude
- Setting: Dakar, Senegal
- Climax: Ramatoulaye learns that her daughter, Aissatou, is pregnant.
- Antagonist: Modou
- Point of View: First person
Extra Credit for So Long a Letter
Semiautobiographical. Many critics have remarked on the similarities between Ramatoulaye’s life story and Bâ’s own. For example, Bâ had nine children—not quite Ramatoulaye’s twelve, but still a lot!
School in her honor. In 1977, Leopold Senghor helped found a boarding school on Goreé, an island in Senegal, and named the school after Mariama Bâ. The school is open to this day.