Daniel Francois Malherbe, SA novelist, poet and dramatist, is born

Daniel Francois MalherbeDaniel Francois Malherbe

Date: 28 May, 1881

On 28 May 1881, Daniel Francois Malherbe was born in Dal Josafat, Paarl, in the Western Cape (then Cape Colony). Malherbe was a novelist, poet and dramatist who helped to establish Afrikaans as a cultural language in South Africa.

Malherbe published several volumes of poetry and drama, but he is best known for his novels. These include Vergeet Nil (1913; "Don't Forget"), Die Meulenaar (1936; "The Miller"), Saul (1933-37) a biblical trilogy and En die Wawiele Rol (1945; "And the Wagon Wheels Roll On") a story describing the Great Trek.

Malherbe was also a professor of literature at the University of Bloemfontein from 1922- 42. He died on 12 April 1969 in Bloemfontein.


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