America, Their America

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America, Their America (1964) is a personal journal and travelogue by Nigerian writer J. P. Clark. It was written after Clark spent eight months in the United States studying at Princeton University (on a fellowship from which he was terminated). The book created controversy because of its attacks on American life-styles and values. The book has been noted for its fusion of autobiography and travelogue into what one critic called an "autotravography".[1]

Today the book is sometimes taught in college courses about West African literature and is cited in discussions about African perspectives on the United States. The book was also republished in 1968 as part of the influential Heinemann African Writers Series.


  1. ^ Tony E. Afejukua, "J. P. Clark's romantic ‘autotravography’", Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory, Vol. 4, no. 2 (1993), pp. 137-144. DOI: 10.1080/10436929308580103. (subscription required)