Herman Charles Bosman (2306 words)

  • Craig Hugh MacKenzie (University of Johannesburg)
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The name Herman Charles Bosman is inextricably tied to the region he made famous–the Groot Marico district, a remote rural region of the former Western Transvaal (now North West Province) in South Africa–and to the larger-than-life character Oom Schalk Lourens. This rustic sage, pipe in hand and a trick or two up his sleeve, beguilingly narrates some of the funniest and yet most moving stories in the entire canon of South African literature.

As novelist, poet, and critic, but especially as short-story writer, Bosman holds a unique place in the field of South African literature in English. He ranks in stature alongside Olive Schreiner, Pauline Smith, Alan Paton and Nadine Gordimer, and yet, unlike these writers, he is little k…

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MacKenzie, Craig Hugh. "Herman Charles Bosman". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 September 2006
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=492, accessed 22 January 2018.]

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