Christian Louis Leipoldt

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  • Riaan Oppelt

C. Louis Leipoldt was born on 28 December, 1880 to a missionary family in the Cape Colony, and, under private tutelage, became an accomplished reader and writer, able to speak, read or write in eight languages. He held numerous vocations, working firstly as a journalist for war-time publications during the South African War of 1899-1902, then qualifying as a physician abroad, establishing a practice in South Africa in 1914. He also became a health inspector of schools and secretary for the first South African Medical Journal in 1929, as well as a part-time lecturer in pediatrics at the University of Cape Town. He resumed journalism, writing copy for numerous Afrikaans publications throughout the 1920s. As a writer, his …

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Oppelt, Riaan. "Christian Louis Leipoldt". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 October 2009
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