My Life and Opinions

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Human & Rousseau, 2003 - Authors, South African - 208 pages
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Although Bosman wrote no formal life history, this collection of his writing contains all the autobiographical pieces he wished to become known u from his Cape childhood and his Johannesburg education as a teacher, through to his career as a freelance journalist in exile in London and back home during and after World War Two. Included from the available historical records is his passionate self-defence from the dock when, in 1926, he was convicted of murder, with several spirited prison souvenirs freshly recovered. A selection of his private letters is also published here for the first time, together with a broadcast confession. Because his commitment to advancing the cause of literature in South Africa was inseparable from his personality, many of his critical pieces expressing his thinking are here as well. These serve to complete the portrait in his own words of South Africa's greatest humorist.

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Bosman (1905-1951) is widely considered the greatest short story writer of South Africa, known for infusing the cadence of Afrikaans speech into his English language writing. Drawing upon his experiences living in a North West Province farming town district of Groot Marico, Bosman wrote the first stories of Mafeking Road during a brief imprisonment for killing his stepbrother.

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