Arthur Nortje

Arthur Nortje

Arthur Nortje (1942 - 1970) was a South African poet.

He was born in Oudtshoorn, and went to school in Port Elizabeth, being taught by the acclaimed writer Dennis Brutus. After school he studied at the University College of the Western Cape and later received a scholarship to Jesus College, Oxford in the UK, where he obtained a BA degree. [cite web|url=|title= Background: The Nortje Collection| publisher=University of South Africa (Department of Corporate Communication and Marketing)| date=22 March 2006| accessdate=2008-02-26]

He emigrated to Canada in 1967, teaching in Hope, British Columbia and Toronto but returned to Oxford in 1970 to work on a doctorate. He died shortly afterwards of a drug overdose.

His poems were published posthumously in the collections "Dead Roots" (1973) and "Lonely Against the Light" (1973). They deal extensively with his own personal alienation, being classified as coloured in apartheid South Africa, and his experiences of exile.


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