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Elisabeth Eybers

south africa

Poet, born in Klerksdorp, N South Africa. She was raised in an intellectual environment and studied at the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg. In 1961 she moved to Amsterdam but continued to write in her native language, and in 1936 published her first poetry Belydenis in die Skemering (Confession in the Twilight). In her early work, her religious doubts and feelings play a prominent part. Later, the element of feeling rootless both in South Africa and The Netherlands is expressed in a particular idiom which betrays the influence of both languages. In 1991 she was awarded the P C Hooft-prijs for her entire body of work.

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