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Es’kia Mphahlele, Mrs Plum, Nairobi: East African Publishing House, 1967.
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Divine Che Neba, University of Yaoundé 1, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chester Mbangchia, University of Yaoundé 1, email@example.com
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, 1919 - 2008
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).
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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).
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.