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The new African : a study of the life and work of H.I.E. Dhlomo
by Ravan Press, Johannesburg :
xvii, 382 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 358-368) and index.
The concept of the new African and the literature of the nineteen thirties -- Ancestry, birth and education -- 'Moralizing leisure time': the transatlantic connection and Black Johannesburg (1918-1936) -- The valley (1936-1937) -- The hills (1937-1940) -- The hills and the valleys (1940-1941) -- The spirit of Shaka (1941-1956).
H.I.E. Dhlomo (1903-1956) was the first major black playwright in South Africa. His plays on Shaka, Moshoeshoe, Dingane and Cetshwayo, written in the 1930s, were pioneering works in South African drama. Dhlomo was also a prolific poet, and is probably best known for his epic poem Valley of a Thousand Hills, published in 1941. He was a major influence on black journalism and played an important behind-the-scenes role in the founding of the A.N.C. Youth League and other organisations.