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Title:Dennis Brutus: A Voice from Robben Island
Author:Folli, Rose
Periodical:Journal of Oriental and African Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
History and Exploration
Ethnic and Race Relations
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Politics and Government
About person:Dennis Brutus (1924-2009)
Abstract:Dennis Brutus was born in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe) in 1924. He graduated from the University of Fort Hare in 1947, and studied law at the University of the Witwatersrand, 1962-1963. Brutus taught English and Afrikaans in high schools in South Africa from 1948 to 1962. His political activities eventually led to his dismissal from the teaching profession in 1962. Brutus was openly opposed to the racist policies of the South African apartheid regime, and as a consequence he was arrested in 1963 and sentenced to eighteen months on Robben Island. In 1966 Brutus was given a one-way exit permit at Jan Smuts airport, and sent into exile. The present article focuses on Brutus' prison poems. Bibliogr., sum.