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Bessie Head: Thunder Behind Her Ears

Her Life and Writing (Studies in African Literature. New Series)

by Gillian Stead Eilersen

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Published by Heinemann .
Written in English


The Physical Object
Number of Pages312
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL7508003M
ISBN 100435089846
ISBN 109780435089849

  In July Bessie Head would have turned As part of a Bessiefest to mark this posthumous anniversary Wits University Press has published a second edition Gillian Eilersen’s biography of Head, Thunder Behind Her Ears. Nobantu Rasebotsa reviewed the first edition of Thunder Behind Her Ears for SARoB in   Home › African Literature › Analysis of Bessie Head’s Novels. Analysis of Bessie Head’s Novels By Nasrullah Mambrol on Ma • (0). Bessie Head’s (6 July – 17 April ) writing occupies a transitional place in African literature between the domestic, village-centered writing of the ’s and ’s and the more overtly political and urban .

Bessie Emery Head (July 6, - Ap ) is usually considered Botswana 's most important writer. She was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, the child of a wealthy white South African woman and a black servant when interracial relationships were illegal in South mother was apparently mentally ill; the exact circumstances are disputed but it . In , Gillian Eilerson, the writer of Bessie Head's biography, Bessie Head: Thunder Behind Her Ears. Her Life and Writing together with the Bessie Head Committee spearheaded the marking of Head.

Amongst Head’s earliest correspondents was the African American poet Langston Hughes. At the age of 23, Head had been living in Cape Town, writing full time and dabbling in anti-apartheid politics, and so she wrote to him hoping for advice and support for a book she was developing about her experiences with the apartheid state. Literature and Biographies. Page 2 Bessie Head: Thunder Behind her Ears R inc. VAT. In July , the acclaimed writer Bessie Head would have turned 70 years old. Her friends, colleagues andliterary critics honoured her with a series of conferences, new books and theses, and the founding of a permanent Bessie Head Heritage Trust to.


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In Julythe acclaimed writer Bessie Head would have turned 70 years old. Her friends, colleagues andliterary critics honoured her with a series of conferences, new books and theses, and the founding of a permanent Bessie Head Heritage Trust to guarantee the future of her house and literary by:   Bessie Head book.

Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers. Bessie head was a born writer, but one born also to a deprived childhood and a 4/5(8). Almost all of the facts are drawn from the excellent biography, Bessie Head: Thunder Behind Her Ears.

(Gillian Eilersen, ). The initial research and structure of the piece were borrowed — with many thanks — from the authors of the Bessie Head travelling exhibit of Get this from a library. Bessie Head: thunder behind her ears: her life and writing.

[Gillian Stead Eilersen] -- Besie Head was a born writer, but one born also to a deprived childhood and a life of often recurring hardship. Indeed, her life echoes many aspects of.

In early Gillian Stead Eilersen had finished her major life project — the researching and writing of the first (and to date, the only,) full-length biography of her author hero, Bessie Head — Thunder Behind Her Ears. She spent at least a decade of work on it, using her school holidays from her teaching job in Denmark to come back to her native South Africa and continue the.

In Julythe acclaimed writer Bessie Head would have turned 70 years old. Her friends, colleagues and literary critics will honour her with a series of conferences, new books and theses, re-namings, tree-plantings, writing prizes, and new music inspired by one of her novels, ""Maru"".

This biography details the life of Bessie Head - a life which echoes so many of the aspects of the distressing history of South Africa in the last half century. She was born in an asylum to a mother who was considered mad because her father was black.

Despite the disadvantages of being both a person of mixed race and a woman, she made her way in South Africa as a journalist. Gillian Stead Eilersen immortalised Bessie Head in An oldie but a goodie, Thunder behind Her Ears by Gillian Stead Eilersen is an enchanting yet tragic account of Bessie Head’s life, and the title is inspired by one of her quotes: ‘I write best if I hear the thunder behind my ears.

Not even Rain Clouds was real thunder of my letters to friends are faint rumblings of it.’. Bessie Head explored the effects of racial and social oppression and used the theme of exile in her novels and short stories.

She was of mixed race, and she experienced discrimination both in her birthplace of South Africa and in her adopted land of Botswana. The Paperback of the Bessie Head: Thunder Behind Her Ears - Her Life and Writings by Gillian Stead Eilersen at Barnes & Noble.

FREE Shipping on $35 or Due to COVID, orders may be : Gillian Stead Eilersen. Bessie Head: A Life of Letters. Bessie Amelia Head was born in a sanatorium in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in While the racist state was consolidating the legal framework that would become apartheid, her mother’s family was placing her in foster care and cutting off contact completely.

Thunder Behind Her Ears. THE READING LIST. Bessie Head: Thunder Behind Her Ears by Gillian Stead Eilersen (Wits University Press): A colleague lent me this book months ago and during a particularly satisfying belt of the. : maru bessie head. Skip to main content. Try Prime All Go Search EN Hello, Sign in Account & Lists Sign in Account & Lists Orders Try Prime Cart.

Best Sellers Gift Ideas New Releases Whole. In Bessie Head's story, the river represents the Talaote people; it is a symbol of the collective will and purpose of a close-knit community. Long ago the people lived together like a deep.

Book review Bessie Head: Thunder behind her ears (Johannesburg, Wits University Press, ) Gillian Stead Eilersen Cornelius Thomas Director, National Heritage and Cultural Studies Centre University of Fort Hare Biographer Gillian Stead Eilersen starts her take on the life and writings. The Creative Vision of Bessie Head.

Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. Patrick Cullinan; Wendy Cullinan (editors). Imaginative Trespasser: Letters Between Bessie Head and Patrick and Wendy Cullinan, Wits University Press.

Gillian Stead Eilersen. Bessie Head: Thunder Behind Her Ears: Her Life and Writings. Maru Bessie Head Limited preview - Maru All Book Search results » leaving behind her a fine collection of literary works.

Tales of Tenderness and Power was the first of her works to be published after her death, and another anthology, A Woman Alone, has also been published posthumously. Both these titles reinforce Bessie 4/5(16). Bessie Head [1], –86, South African writer.

Born in South Africa [2] to a white mother and black father, she was placed in foster homes and orphanages as a child. Aftershe lived in exile in Botswana. Bessie Head was born during the consolidation of this system, and her life was molded by it. Bessie Head was named after her mother, Bessie Amelia Birch.

Bessie Birch, nicknamed Toby, was the daughter of South African immigrants from England who settled in Harrismith in the Orange Free State in Toby was born there two years later, in – Gillian Stead Eilersen, author of Bessie Head: Thunder Behind Her Ears () “In Conversation with Bessie Head is an intense, moving-and sometimes maddening-engagement with an elusive author.

But it stays remarkably faithful to the Bessie Head with whom I worked and struggled, especially in its evocations of Bessie's deeply felt.

Why Was the Book by Bessie Head? In the book Maru by Bessie Head as a native African she explores the relationship between colonialism and her African people.

She tears apart the divides that are created between the people of the bush and other citizens of Botswana. This is seen when a motherless child is reared by.Bessie Head: Thunder Behind Her Ears. Her life and Writing Cape Town: David Philip, pp. Fairlie, Michael.

No Time Like the Past [autobiography, Molepolole &c. ss] Edinburgh: Pentlands Press, In Julythe acclaimed writer Bessie Head would have turned 70 years old.

Her friends, colleagues andliterary critics honoured her with a series of conferences, new books and theses and the founding of a permanent Bessie Head Heritage Trust to guarantee the future of her house and literary papers.