Lewis Nkosi

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Date of Birth December 5, 1936
Place of Birth South Africa
Date of Death Sep 5, 2010 (73)
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Lewis Nkosi

Lewis Nkosi was a South African writer, who spent 30 years in exile as a consequence of restrictions placed on him and his writing by the Suppression of Communism Act and the Publications and Entertainment Act passed in the 1950s and 1960s. A multifaceted personality, he attempted every literary genre, literary criticism, poetry, drama, novels, short stories, essays, as well as journalism.

Born: Dec 05, 1936, Embo, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Died: 05, 2010, Johannesburg, South Africa
Nationality: South African
Occupation: Novelist, journalist, essayist, poet
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About Lewis Nkosi

South African author, poet, and literary critic best known for his works criticizing apartheid. Many of his works were censored for their criticism of the South African government.

Before Fame

He attended Harvard University but, after his studies, was not permitted to return to South Africa. He lived in exile in the U.S. until 2001.


He taught literature at several universities, including the University of Wisconsin and the University of California-Irvine.

Family Life

He was married to Bronwen Ollerenshaw and had two daughter with her. In his later years, he was involved with Astrid Starck.


He collaborated with fellow writer Wole Soyinka on the book Conversations With Chinua Achebe.

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  • South African journalists
  • Nieman Fellows
  • 21st-century short story writers
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