Fonds BC1032 - Richard Rive Papers

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Richard Rive Papers


  • 1947-1989 (Creation)

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2500 items

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Richard Rive grew up in District Six, Cape Town. He was awarded a scholarship to high school, and later to the University of Cape Town. He became a teacher of English, and soon his literary efforts had won recognition. He used his literary talent to highlight the plight of Black people in South Africa, and fell foul of the censors, having some of his writings banned.
He obtained an MA in teaching at Columbia University, USA, and a PhD at Oxford on the life and works of Olive Schreiner. He travelled extensively on teaching and lecture tours.
At the time of his death he was a lecturer at Hewat Training College.

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The Richard Rive Papers have been deposited with UCT Libraries by Mr Leonard du Plooy

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Consists of personal papers, MSS and TSS of his writings, research material for his PhD on Olive Schreiner, personal scrapbooks, news clippings, personal memorabilia.


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