Guy Butler

R 97.00   R 255.00

Subtitle: Reassessing a South African Literary Life
Author: Chris Thurman
Publisher: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press (2010)
ISBN-10: 1869141830
ISBN-13: 9781869141837
Condition: Very Good. the cover has some scratches, some wear to edges and corners and there are a few marks on the outside edges of the pages.
Binding: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 374
Dimensions: 23.0 x 17.0 x 2.1 cm

Weight: 0.6 kg


Guy Butler was a substantial public figure in South Africa over the second half of the 20th century: professor, poet, playwright, autobiographer, historian, and cultural politician. Nevertheless, his is not a familiar name to the majority of South Africans and, where he is known, Butler remains a problematic figure.

Author Chris Thurman's assessment of Butler's life and work also represents a response to life in South Africa preceding, during, and at the end of the apartheid era. The book is more than the study of one man, it is the examination of an era and the role of white, English-speaking liberals in South Africa.

Guy Butler was seen as a 'grand old man' in South African literature rather than as a writer for a new generation of readers. Yet much of Butler's work was, and still is, subversive and intellectually compelling with an enduring literary value. His response to the South African situation presents readers with a challenge to acknowledge frankly those elements in his oeuvre that distance him from us, without losing sight of the significance it holds. This book makes use of Butler's private correspondence and unpublished archive material, combining biographical insight with criticism of his publications in various genres to offer a balanced explication of his life and work.


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