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Title:Emperor Haile Sellassie's Autobiography, and an Unpublished Draft
Author:Pankhurst, RichardISNI
Periodical:Northeast African Studies
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:heads of State
autobiographies (form)
History and Exploration
Politics and Government
About person:Hayla Selasse I, emperor of Ethiopia (1892-1975)ISNI
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/northeast_african_studies/v003/3.3.pankhurst.pdf
Abstract:This article presents the story of the composition of the autobiography of Emperor Haile Selassie and the related question of an English edition. It indicates the principal stages through which the autobiography and its translations passed, and provides the reader with an unpublished text almost certainly produced by the Ethiopian ruler himself, or under his closest control. The first part of 'The Autobiography of Emperor Haile Sellasie I: My Life and Ethiopia's Progress' runs from the birth of the Emperor in 1892 to his speech at the League of Nations in Geneva in the summer of 1936. It was apparently written or dictated during the Emperor's exile in Bath in the West of England. In 1964 the Emperor provided his 'editorial adviser', Percy Arnold, with further information on the period 1936-1939, the so-called Continuous Narrative. Work on the autobiography continued in the early 1970s, and resulted in publication of the Amharic original of volume 1 and the English translation. Volume 2 appeared in Amharic in June 1974 and in English translation in 1994. The present article also includes the full text of the Continuous Narrative, which contains information on the period of the Emperor's exile and travels and his analysis of international relations. Notes, ref.