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Bessie Head

Novelist (6-Jul-1937 — 17-Apr-1986)


Cecil Anthony Abrahams (editor). The Tragic Life: Bessie Head and Literature in South Africa. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press. 1990.

Coreen Brown. The Creative Vision of Bessie Head. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. 2003. 244pp.

Patrick Cullinan; Wendy Cullinan (editors). Imaginative Trespasser: Letters Between Bessie Head and Patrick and Wendy Cullinan, 1963-1977. Wits University Press. 2005. 268pp.

Gillian Stead Eilersen. Bessie Head: Thunder Behind Her Ears: Her Life and Writings. James Currey. 1995. 312pp.

Annie Gagiano. Achebe, Head, Marechera: On Power and Change in Africa. Lynne Rienner Publishers. 2000. 307pp.

Susan Gardner; Patricia E. Scott. Bessie Head: A Bibliography. Grahamstown, South Africa: National English Literary Museum. 1986. 52pp.

Bessie Head. A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings. Heinemann. 1990. 107pp.

Huma Ibrahim. Bessie Head: Subversive Identities in Exile. University of Virginia Press. 1996. 252pp.

Huma Ibrahim (editor). Emerging perspectives on Bessie Head. Africa World Press. 2006. 222pp.

Desiree Lewis. Living on a Horizon: Bessie Head and the Politics of Imagining. Africa World Press. 2007. 317pp.

Craig MacKenzie. Bessie Head: An Introduction. South Africa: National English Literary Museum. 1989. 52pp.

Craig MacKenzie. Bessie Head. Twayne Publishers. 1999. 140pp.

Virginia Uzoma Ola. The Life and Works of Bessie Head. E. Mellen Press. 1994. 91pp.

Maxine Sample (editor). Critical Essays on Bessie Head. Greenwood Press. 2003. 150pp.

Randolph Vigne (editor). A Gesture of Belonging: Letters from Bessie Head, 1965-1979. SA Writers. 1991. 229pp.


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  1. NNDB [link]

  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Wikipedia [link]

  4. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.453)

  5. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.228)

  6. Third World Women's Literatures (pp.135-38)

  7. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English (p.506)

  8. Northeastern Dictionary of Women's Biography (p.252)

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