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Head, Bessie 1937-1986

Overview
Works: 224 works in 824 publications in 12 languages and 16,265 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  History  Biographies  Short stories  Records and correspondence  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Comics (Graphic works)  Comic books, strips, etc 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Creator, Other, Interviewee
Classifications: PR9369.3.H4, 823
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Most widely held works about Bessie Head
 
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A question of power by Bessie Head( Book )

72 editions published between 1973 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 1,462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is never clear to Elizabeth whether the mission principal's cruel revelations of her origins is at the bottom of her mental breakdown, but in the dark loneliness of the Botswanan night, the frightened South African refugee slips in and out of sanity
When rain clouds gather by Bessie Head( Book )

92 editions published between 1968 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 1,441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It takes a young black idealist, newly arrived from the oppression of South Africa to spur his new neighbors to face reality and control their own destiny
Maru by Bessie Head( Book )

89 editions published between 1971 and 2016 in 9 languages and held by 1,329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The moving tale of an ophaned Masarwa girl who goes to teach in a remote village in Botswana where her own people are kept as slaves. Her presence polarises a community which does not see Masarwa people as human, and condemns her to the lonely life of an outcast
The collector of treasures, and other Botswana village tales by Bessie Head( Book )

66 editions published between 1977 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 973 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of short stories based on life in a Botswanan village, including the story of a woman who murders the husband who deserted her years before
African short stories( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of stories by African writers which deal with life and customs in African society
Tales of tenderness and power by Bessie Head( Book )

35 editions published between 1989 and 2006 in 5 languages and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Qu'elle évoque l'histoire ou puise dans la tradition, Bessie Head (1937-1986), Métisse d'origine sud-africaine, fait vivre un peuple entier, ses conflits mortels, bien au-delà du clivage Blancs-Noirs, mais aussi ses luttes, sa dignité à travers les pires calamités et le regard sans pareil qu'il porte sur le monde. 20 contes et nouvelles vibrant de joie, de désespoir et de colère
Serowe, village of the rain wind by Bessie Head( Book )

29 editions published between 1981 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Autobiographies of individual villagers arranged in thematic chapters
The cardinals : with meditations and short stories by Bessie Head( Book )

19 editions published between 1993 and 2006 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novella and seven stories by a black South African writer. The title novella is on a woman who at birth is sold by her mother to a childless couple and who runs away when the stepfather begins molesting her. Eventually she obtains a job as a reporter on a black newspaper, where she finds love. Through her eyes is seen the struggle against apartheid
To stir the heart by Bessie Head( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These powerful stories by two of Africa’s most renowned twentieth-century authors explore African cultures at the intersection of tradition and modernity, colonialism, and independence. Botswana’s preeminent writer Bessie Head and Ngugi wa Thiong’o, “the most significant East African writer” (the New York Times), each use the politics and history of Africa in the midst of change as background for compelling stories of characters who, like their countries, are in search of their identity. In different ways, Head and Ngugi also chart the uneasy coexistence of men and women when their individual natures and desires conflict with societal expectations and customs." -- Publisher's description
Sol Plaatje's Native life in South Africa : past and present( )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1916, Sol Plaatje{u2019}s Native Life in South Africa was written by one of the South Africa{u2019}s most talented early twentieth-century black leaders and journalists. Plaatje{u2019}s pioneering book arose out of an early African National Congress campaign to protest against the discriminatory1913 Natives Land Act. Native Life vividly narrates Plaatje{u2019}s investigative journeying into South Africa{u2019}s rural heartlands to report on the effects of the Act and his involvement in the deputation to the British imperial government. At the same time it tells the bigger story of the assault on black rights and opportunities in the newly consolidated Union of South Africa - and the resistance to it. Originally published in war-time London, but about South Africa and its place in the world, Native Life travelled far and wide, being distributed in the United States under the auspices of prominent African-American W E B Du Bois. South African editions were to follow only in the late apartheid period and beyond. The aim of this multi-authored volume is to shed new light on how and why Native Life came into being at a critical historical juncture, and to reflect on how it can be read in relation to South Africa{u2019}s heightened challenges today. Crucial areas that come under the spotlight in this collection include land, race, history, mobility, belonging, war, the press, law, literature, language, gender, politics, and the state
A bewitched crossroad : an African saga by Bessie Head( Book )

10 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cardinals, with meditations and stories by Bessie Head( Book )

7 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novella and seven stories by a black South African writer. The title novella is on a woman who at birth is sold by her mother to a childless couple and who runs away when the stepfather begins molesting her. Eventually she obtains a job as a reporter on a black newspaper, where she finds love. Through her eyes is seen the struggle against apartheid
Between the lines : interviews with Bessie Head, Sheila Roberts, Ellen Kuzwayo, Miriam Tlali( Book )

5 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lovers by Bessie Head( Book )

11 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of the author's short fiction written between 1965 and 1980, mainly in Serowe, Botswana, depicting the lives and loves of African village people pre- and post- independence
A woman alone : autobiographical writings by Bessie Head( Book )

18 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born in South Africa in 1937, the result of an 'illicit' union between a black man and a white woman, Bessie Head's life was a traumatic one ending in permanent self exile in Botswana where she remained for 15 years with the status of 'refugee' for 15 years until she gained citizenship. [first page]
When rain clouds gather ; & Maru by Bessie Head( Book )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When rain clouds gather - "Escaping South Africa and his troubled past, Makehaya crosses the border to Botswana in the hope of leading a peaceful, purposeful life. In the village of Golema Mmidi he meets Gilbert, a charismatic Englishman, who is trying to help the community out of poverty by introducing modern farming methods."--Maru - "Since birth, Margaret, an orphan from a despised tribe, has been lovingly protected by a missionaries wife ... But in a place where her people are considered slave, can Margaret ever truly belong?"--Back cover
Call me woman by Ellen Kuzwayo( Book )

9 editions published between 1985 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Call Me Woman is the autobiography of Ellen Kuzwayo, a black South African woman whose life as a social worker, woman's rights activist, politican, and more was woven in political history of South Africa for almost 60 years. Kuzwayo 's autobiography documents a complex series of changes in herself and her culture, including the onset and devastation of apartheid. Ms. Kuzwayo was the first black person to win South Africa's premier literary prize, the CNS Literary Award."--Jacket
When rain clouds gather : and related readings by Bessie Head( Book )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A South African refugee begins a new life in a village in Botswana
Deep cuts : graphic adaptations of stories by Can Themba( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wenn der Regen fällt : Erzählungen aus Südafrika by Bessie Head( Book )

3 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in German and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Belletristik : Südafrika (Republik) ; Erzählungen
 
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A question of power
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When rain clouds gatherMaruThe collector of treasures, and other Botswana village talesAfrican short storiesTales of tenderness and powerSerowe, village of the rain windThe cardinals : with meditations and short storiesTo stir the heart
Alternative Names
Bessie Head

Bessie Head botswanische Schriftstellerin

Bessie Head romanschrijfster uit Zuid-Afrika (1937-1986)

Bessie Head scrittrice botswana

Emery, Bessie Amelia

Head, Bessie

Head, Bessie 1937-

Head, Bessie Amelia

Head, Bessie Emery

Head, Bessie Emery 1937-1986

Хед, Бесси

بيسي حيد

베시 헤드

헤드, 베시 1937-1986

ベッシー・ヘッド

ヘッド, ベッシー

贝茜·海德

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