Elizabeth Elsie Muller is born

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Literature.

Tuesday, 11 March 1919

Elizabeth "Elise" Muller, Afrikaans author and editorial head of a publisher and winner of the Hertzog award in 1957, was born in Ceres. Her love and passion for writing was given impetus by the illness she suffered while in her first year of studies at the University of Stellenbosch. Her first work as an author started with a novel competition entry Ek, 'n Samaritaanse vrou in 1941 and won the prize money of 100. She was later appointed to the editorial staff of the NG Kerkuitgewers (Dutch Reform Church). She viewed this appointment as an order from God. She was elevated to the position of editorial head, which she occupied for 22 years.

References:
• Verwey, E.J. (ed)(1995). New Dictionary of South African Biography, v.1, Pretoria: HSRC;
• Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau.

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This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011