Guide to the Research Collections

- Section -- II: -- THE HUMANITIES
- PART TWO
- 24 -- ENGLISH LITERATURE
- SOUTH AFRICAN LITERATURE IN ENGLISH

SOUTH AFRICAN LITERATURE IN ENGLISH

The library's holdings are comprehensive for major South African figures such as Olive Schreiner, Sarah Gertrude Millin, Pauline Smith, Stuart Cloete, Nadine Gordimer, and Alan Paton. The work of lesser-known writers of fiction is selectively held, including among others that of Douglas Blackburn, Bertram Mitford, and William C. Scully. Poetry ranges from the work of the early nineteenth-century poet Thomas Pringle to that of Roy Campbell and others of the present day.

Bibliographical coverage of the field is uneven, with most studies bearing on important individual authors. Literary criticism is found in English Studies in Africa (1960- ) and elsewhere. The library's strong holdings of world literary and general periodicals provide good coverage for the contributions of South African authors and critical writers on their work.