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Turbott Wolfe by William Plomer
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Turbott Wolfe (1926)

by William Plomer

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This book was written in the early 1920's and published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf's Hogarth Press in the spring of 1926. It was the author's first book. The setting for the story is South Africa. It's a look back at racial standards in society around the early part of the 20th Century. I enjoyed reading the book. ( )
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I think Turbott Wolfe may have been a man of genius.
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Aqua colored boards, hardcover, DJ, (see image) 216 pages
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“It is an inexplicable lapse on the part of literary scholars and critics,” writes Nadine Gordimer in her Introduction, “that Turbott Wolfe is not recognised as a pyrotechnic presence in the canon of renegade colonialist literature along with Conrad.” Indeed, William Plomer’s astonishing first novel, which first appeared in 1926, ignited a firestorm of controversy in his native South Africa. At the novel’s center is Turbott Wolfe, a British trader who opens a general store in Lembuland. He befriends many of his black customers but has less luck ingratiating himself with the bigoted whites who have lived in the area for generations. Eventually, Wolfe and his comrades embrace miscegenation as the key to Africa’s future—the Young Africa, where the races have blurred. Provocative and deeply questioning, Turbott Wolfe remains a powerful chronicle of the intimate human consequences of racism.

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A stunning and controversial novel of racism in South Africa, first published in 1925, focuses on Wolfe, a trader who opens a general store in rural South Africa and befriends many of the Africans who shop there, and embraces miscengenation as the key to South Africa's future. Reader's Guide availab… (more)

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