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Douglas Livingstone A Critical Study


douglas_livingstone_a_critical_study This is the first extended treatment of the work of Douglas Livingstone, who is generally recognised both in his own country and abroad as South Africa's leading contemporary poet.

In a penetrating study Michael Chapman moves from close textual analysis of individual poems to a consideration of Livingstone's relationship to South African poetry as a whole and to a wider tradition of English poetry.

This is a fascinating and carefully considered account of the achievement of a poet who, over twenty years, has ‘more than any other, given South African poetry a voice thoroughly and naturally modern'.

Ad Donker


ISBN 0 949937 84 3

Douglas Livingstone: Selected Poems

Douglas Livingstone has won both local and international acclaim.  His Africa of animals, veld, rivers, and vulnerable human beings reflects a subcontinent in transition:  from a colonial past in the 1960s, through political tension in the 1970s and 80s, to the 1990 and new challenges of contemporary times.  At the same time Livingstone, a scientist by profession, embraced internationalism:  love, desire, urban loneliness, humour, the dreams and nightmares of individuals in a puzzling universe.  He won the prestigious CNA award in 1984 for his first Selected Poems, an edition long out of print.

This new Selected Poems revisits the poet's 40-year career, covering six collections as well as previously unpublished poems.  It has the advantage of the wider perspective, and is able to celebrate Livingstone's life achievement.  As editor Michael Chapman says in his introductory tribute, ‘...Livingstone's commitment to Africa is to its endurance:  to the health of its water, to its possibility of physical, human and spiritual renewal'.

Douglas Livingstone died in 1996.  The new Selected Poems makes available, again, the work of a major talent.

Ad Donker Publishers (Pty) Ltd

An imprint of

Jonathan Ball Publishers (Pty) Ltd


ISBN 0 86852 230 9


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