Es'kia Mphahlele


Born
in Marabastad, South Africa
December 17, 1919

Died
October 27, 2008


Es’kia Mphahlele, born Ezekiel Mphahlele, the name he used until 1977 (born Dec. 17, 1919, Marabastad, S.Af.—died Oct. 27, 2008, Lebowakgomo), novelist, essayist, short-story writer, and teacher whose autobiography, Down Second Avenue (1959), is a South African classic. It combines the story of a young man’s growth into adulthood with penetrating social criticism of the conditions forced upon black South Africans by apartheid.

Mphahlele grew up in Pretoria and attended St. Peter’s Secondary School in Rosettenville and Adams Teachers Training College in Natal. His early career as a teacher of English and Afrikaans was terminated by the government because of his strong opposition to the highly restrictive Bantu Education Act. In Pretoria he
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Afrika My Music: An Autobio...

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Es'kia: Es'kia Mphahlele on...

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In Corner B

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Man Must Live

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Renewal Time

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The Unbroken Song: Selected...

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Es'kia Continued: Literary ...

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Chirundu

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Poetry and Humanism: Oral B...

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Bury Me at the Marketplace:...

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“There must surely be much more to be said than the mere recounting of an incident: about the loves and hates of my people; their desires; their poverty and affluence; their achievements and failures; their diligence and idleness; their cold indifference and enthusiasm; their sense of the comic; their full-throated laughter and their sense of the tragic with its attendant emotional sobs and ostentations signs of pity.”
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