Richard Rive

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South African author, writer for Drum magazine in the 1950s, literary critic and teacher

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Cape Town, South Africa
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Cape Town, South Africa

Richard Rive was born on 1 March 1931 in Cape Town, and grew up in District Six, which was a Coloured, or “mixed race”, area under apartheid.

With the aid of a scholarship, Rive attended high school in Cape Town and studied at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where he graduated in 1949.

Rive then trained as a teacher, and taught at Hewat Training College and at a high school in Cape Town.

In 1962, he travelled extensively throughout Africa and Europe, while teaching and lecturing.

• Richard Rive (2009) [online] Available at: [Accessed 8 July 2009]

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This article was produced by South African History Online on 17-Feb-2011

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