A 1995 research paper by Maverick Citizen Editor Mark Heywood reveals how a love affair between Sol Plaatje and Shakespeare left a deep impression on the writer’s own literary and intellectual views.
This is the strangers case;
And this your mountainish inhumanity.” – William Shakespeare, Sir Thomas More
“The viewpoint of the ruler is not always the viewpoint of the ruled.” – Sol Plaatje, Mhudi
Publishing houses are nothing without the stories they publish. It is what keeps the money flowing and, much like a doctor without patients, a publishing house without stories is redundant.
The 200-year old Lovedale Press has had an abundance of stories as books flow out from its hallowed doors, many being a first of something: a first Xhosa novella, a first black author publishing a novel, a first black dramatist, the firsts are endless. Lovedale, in Alice in the Eastern Cape, produced and published some of the most influential African intellectuals in the country.
Now threatened by closure, one of its most hallowed alumni, Sol Plaatje, and his love affair with Shakespeare is gaining new attention in a country grappling with Shakespeare’s role in our modern-day dialogue. Plaatje’s work, all published by Lovedale Press, is…
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