Caught on tape: Dennis Brutus’ questionable hold on poet Arthur Nortje

The publication in 2011 of ‘The Dennis Brutus Tapes’, edited by Bernth Lindfors from recordings made as early as the mid-1970s when the South African exile was resident in Austin, Texas, provides a revealing opportunity to comment on the adaptations and evasions the poet and activist made to his life-story subsequently. The focus here is on how Brutus mythologizes the reputation of his pupil and fellow poet Arthur Nortje (born 1942), after the latter’s suicide in 1970, prejudiced the editing of his works, and held some of Nortje’s achievements to be his own. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]

Title: Caught on tape: Dennis Brutus’ questionable hold on poet Arthur Nortje
Author: Gray, Stephen
Year: 2013
Periodical: Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa (ISSN 2159-9130)
Volume: 25
Issue: 1
Pages: 30-38
Language: English
Geographic term: South Africa
About persons: Dennis Brutus (1924-2009)
Arthur Kenneth Nortje (1942-1970)
External link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/1013929X.2013.795748
Abstract: The publication in 2011 of ‘The Dennis Brutus Tapes’, edited by Bernth Lindfors from recordings made as early as the mid-1970s when the South African exile was resident in Austin, Texas, provides a revealing opportunity to comment on the adaptations and evasions the poet and activist made to his life-story subsequently. The focus here is on how Brutus mythologizes the reputation of his pupil and fellow poet Arthur Nortje (born 1942), after the latter’s suicide in 1970, prejudiced the editing of his works, and held some of Nortje’s achievements to be his own. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]