n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Verdeelde vennote : N.P. van Wyk Louw en die Akademie

Volume 46, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


N.P. van Wyk Louw, the internationally renowned Afrikaans writer, poet and intellectual was honoured with seven awards from the Akademie. These included five Hertzog awards, the most prestigious literary award in Afrikaans. Although he regarded the Akademie as an important partner in the development of literature, art and science in Afrikaans, he remained critical of the Akademie. He was especially critical of the literary awards of the Akademie and often crossed swords with members of the Literary Committee. Some of these differences took a rather personal turn. This article discusses the development of the relationship between Van Wyk and the Akademie. His valuable critical comments and insights and the way it influenced debates are recognised. Emphasis is also placed on the role of individuals who found it difficult to reach common ground on a number of issues. It also recognises Van Wyk Louw's stiff reaction to criticism and his inability to be forgiving to those who critised his work. His role as a partner in a common ideal is, however, the main characteristic of his relationship with the Akademie.

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