n English in Africa - Correspondence : linking the private to the public in Lewis Nkosi's novels

Volume 39, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



On 5 September 2010, Lewis Nkosi died in a hospice in Johannesburg as a result of a slow decline occasioned by a debilitating fall he had sustained the previous year. At the time of his accident, Nkosi was working on a novel after which, he assured us, he would start on his memoirs provisionally titled . The fact that these memoirs did not get written is a greater tragedy than the unfinished novel as there is no one from the era that one can think of who had as rich and long an intellectual life as Lewis Nkosi. Recently, others too have bemoaned the fact that Nkosi's memoirs were not written - various Letters to the Editor written in response to the profile on Nkosi which appeared in (Third Quarter 2011) make mention of this.

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