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Léopold Sédar Senghor (9 October 1906 – 20 December 2001) was a Senegalese poet, politician, and cultural theorist who, for two decades, served as the first president of Senegal (1960–80). Ideologically an African socialist, he was the major theoretician of Négritude.

Senghor was the first African elected as a member of the Académie française and is regarded as one of the most important intellectuals of the 20th century.


Works of Senghor

  • Prière aux masques (Circa 1935 - Published in collected works during the 1940s).
  • Chants d'ombre (1945)
  • Hosties noires (1948)
  • Anthologie de la nouvelle poésie nègre et malgache (1948)
  • La Belle Histoire de Leuk-le-Lièvre (1953)
  • Éthiopiques (1956)
  • Nocturnes (1961). (English tr. by Clive Wake and John O. Reed Nocturnes, London: Heinemann Educational, 1969. African Writers Series 71)
  • Nation et voie africaine du socialisme (1961)
  • Pierre Teilhard de Chardin et la politique africaine (1962)
  • Poèmes (1964).
  • Lettres de d'hivernage (1973)
  • Élégies majeures (1979)
  • La poésie de l'action : conversation avec Mohamed Aziza (1980)
  • Ce que je crois (1988)





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