arrow_upward

Es’kia Mphahlele

Mrs Plum

YEAR: 1967

COUNTRY: Kenya

Cateogry icon

Title of the work

Mrs Plum

Country of the First Edition

Country/countries of popularity

Republic of South Africa

Original Language

English

First Edition Date

1967

First Edition Details

Es’kia Mphahlele, Mrs Plum, Nairobi: East African Publishing House, 1967.

ISBN

9781883513221

Genre

Novellas

Target Audience

Age restriction 18+

Cover

Missing cover

We are still trying to obtain permission for posting the original cover.


Author of the Entry:

Divine Che Neba, University of Yaoundé 1, nebankiwang@yahoo.com

Chester Mbangchia, University of Yaoundé 1, mbagchia25@mail.com

Peer-reviewer of the Entry:

Daniel Nkemleke, University of Yaoundé 1, nkemlekedan@yahoo.com 

Elizabeth Hale, University of New England, ehale@une.edu.au 

Male portrait

Es’kia Mphahlele , 1919 - 2008
(Author)

Es’kia Mphahlele [Mphahlele] (December 17, 1919 - October 27, 2008) a short-story, an essayist writer, novelist, and teacher, was born on Dec. 17 1919 in Marabastad, South Africa. His father was a messenger and his mother a housemaid, all, working under whites (a reality in most of his stories). He did secondary education in Pretoria (St Peter’s Secondary) and teacher training in Natal (Adams Teachers Training College). He was an avid reader and an anti-apartheid fighter. Due to his oppositional stance, the government banned him from stepping on the South African soil. He lived in Kenya and USA and twenty years after, the government grated him permission to return from exile. He was editor of the fiction magazine Drum Magazine (1955–57), Soyinka’s periodical Black Orpheus (1960–64), Periodical Africa Today (1967) and a holder of different academic and cultural posts in the United States of America, Nigeria and Kenya. His major publications include The African Image (1962), Voices in the Whirlwind (1972) Anthology of Modern African Stories (1964), African Writing Today (1967), In Corner B (Mrs Plum included in the collection) (1967), The Unbroken Song (1981), and Renewal Time (1988), The Wanderers (1971), Chirundu (1979), Afrika My Music (1984), Es’kia (2002), and Es’kia Continued (2005).


Source: The biodata has been written based on the information available on the book cover.


Bio prepared by Divine Che Neba, University of Yaoundé 1, nebankiwang@yahoo.com and Chester Mbangchia, University of Yaoundé 1, mbagchia25@mail.com


Summary

Work in progress

Analysis

Work in progress


Further Reading

Akosu, Tyohdzuah, The Writing of Ezekiel [Es ’kia] Mphahlele, South African Writer: Literature, Culture and Politics, Mellen University Press, 1995.

Hodge, Norman, “Dogs, Africans and Liberals: The World of Mphahlele’s Mrs Plum”, English in Africa, Vol. 8, No. 1, 1981, pp. 33, 36.

O'Neill, Patrick. The Three-Headed Dog, extraordinaryconversations.com, April 16, 2014 (accessed: June 5, 2019). 

Addenda

The first edition was published in 1967 (East African publishing house Nairobi, Kenya). However, in 1981, the novel was included in the author’s collection of short stories, entitled Renewal Time.

Yellow cloud
Leaf pattern
Leaf pattern

Title of the work

Mrs Plum

Country of the First Edition

Country/countries of popularity

Republic of South Africa

Original Language

English

First Edition Date

1967

First Edition Details

Es’kia Mphahlele, Mrs Plum, Nairobi: East African Publishing House, 1967.

ISBN

9781883513221

Genre

Novellas

Target Audience

Age restriction 18+

Cover

Missing cover

We are still trying to obtain permission for posting the original cover.


Author of the Entry:

Divine Che Neba, University of Yaoundé 1, nebankiwang@yahoo.com

Chester Mbangchia, University of Yaoundé 1, mbagchia25@mail.com

Peer-reviewer of the Entry:

Daniel Nkemleke, University of Yaoundé 1, nkemlekedan@yahoo.com 

Elizabeth Hale, University of New England, ehale@une.edu.au 

Male portrait

Es’kia Mphahlele (Author)

Es’kia Mphahlele [Mphahlele] (December 17, 1919 - October 27, 2008) a short-story, an essayist writer, novelist, and teacher, was born on Dec. 17 1919 in Marabastad, South Africa. His father was a messenger and his mother a housemaid, all, working under whites (a reality in most of his stories). He did secondary education in Pretoria (St Peter’s Secondary) and teacher training in Natal (Adams Teachers Training College). He was an avid reader and an anti-apartheid fighter. Due to his oppositional stance, the government banned him from stepping on the South African soil. He lived in Kenya and USA and twenty years after, the government grated him permission to return from exile. He was editor of the fiction magazine Drum Magazine (1955–57), Soyinka’s periodical Black Orpheus (1960–64), Periodical Africa Today (1967) and a holder of different academic and cultural posts in the United States of America, Nigeria and Kenya. His major publications include The African Image (1962), Voices in the Whirlwind (1972) Anthology of Modern African Stories (1964), African Writing Today (1967), In Corner B (Mrs Plum included in the collection) (1967), The Unbroken Song (1981), and Renewal Time (1988), The Wanderers (1971), Chirundu (1979), Afrika My Music (1984), Es’kia (2002), and Es’kia Continued (2005).


Source: The biodata has been written based on the information available on the book cover.


Bio prepared by Divine Che Neba, University of Yaoundé 1, nebankiwang@yahoo.com and Chester Mbangchia, University of Yaoundé 1, mbagchia25@mail.com


Summary

Work in progress

Analysis

Work in progress


Further Reading

Akosu, Tyohdzuah, The Writing of Ezekiel [Es ’kia] Mphahlele, South African Writer: Literature, Culture and Politics, Mellen University Press, 1995.

Hodge, Norman, “Dogs, Africans and Liberals: The World of Mphahlele’s Mrs Plum”, English in Africa, Vol. 8, No. 1, 1981, pp. 33, 36.

O'Neill, Patrick. The Three-Headed Dog, extraordinaryconversations.com, April 16, 2014 (accessed: June 5, 2019). 

Addenda

The first edition was published in 1967 (East African publishing house Nairobi, Kenya). However, in 1981, the novel was included in the author’s collection of short stories, entitled Renewal Time.

Yellow cloud