Find out more about the greatest South African Writers, including J. M. Coetzee, Bryce Courtenay, Ronald Harwood, Athol Fugard and Austin Stevens.
J. R. R. TolkienJ. R. R. Tolkien
03 January 1892
Writer
J. M. CoetzeeJ. M. Coetzee
09 February 1940
Novelist, Author

Ahmed DeedatAhmed Deedat
01 July 1918
Writer

Nadine GordimerNadine Gordimer
20 November 1923
Writer, Political Activist

Bryce CourtenayBryce Courtenay
14 August 1933
Novelist

Prue LeithPrue Leith
18 February 1940
Restaurateur
Vusamazulu Credo MutwaVusamazulu Credo Mutwa
21 July 1921
Ufologist, Writer

Athol FugardAthol Fugard
11 June 1932
Actor, Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Journalist,

Keorapetse KgositsileKeorapetse Kgositsile
19 September 1938
Poet, Journalist, Writer
Alan PatonAlan Paton
11 January 1903
Writer, Autobiographer, Screenwriter

Laurens van der PostLaurens van der Post
13 December 1906
Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter, Journalist
Ruth FirstRuth First
04 May 1925
Author, Politician, University teacher, Writer,

Austin StevensAustin Stevens
19 May 1950
Photographer, Writer

Breyten BreytenbachBreyten Breytenbach
16 September 1939
Poet, Writer, Painter

Mbongeni NgemaMbongeni Ngema
10 May 1955
Novelist

Olive SchreinerOlive Schreiner
24 March 1855
Writer
Robert CalvertRobert Calvert
09 March 1945
Poet, Singer, Writer

André BrinkAndré Brink
29 May 1935
Linguist, Writer, Translator, Professor

Ronald HarwoodRonald Harwood
09 November 1934
Writer, Screenwriter, Film producer, Playwright,

John Langalibalele DubeJohn Langalibalele Dube
22 February 1871
Essayist
Ingrid JonkerIngrid Jonker
19 September 1933
Poet, Writer

Joseph WolpeJoseph Wolpe
20 April 1915
Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, Psychologist,
Neil TurokNeil Turok
16 November 1958
Physicist, Non-fiction writer

Peter AbrahamsPeter Abrahams
03 March 1919
Novelist

Dennis BrutusDennis Brutus
28 November 1924
Author
Danie CravenDanie Craven
11 October 1910
Rugby Union Player

Harry Frederick OppenheimerHarry Frederick Oppenheimer
28 October 1908
Businessperson
Noel LangleyNoel Langley
25 December 1911
Novelist

Fatima MeerFatima Meer
12 August 1928
Writer

Herman Charles BosmanHerman Charles Bosman
03 February 1905
Short Story Writer
Alex La GumaAlex La Guma
20 February 1924
Novelist

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Bernard Binlin DadiéBernard Binlin Dadié
10 January 1916
Novelist
William PlomerWilliam Plomer
10 December 1903
Writer

Lewis NkosiLewis Nkosi
05 December 1936
Author

C. Louis LeipoldtC. Louis Leipoldt
28 December 1880
Poet

Chris BarnardChris Barnard
15 July 1939
 
Jean-Joseph RabéariveloJean-Joseph Rabéarivelo
04 March 1901
Poet
Bessie Emery HeadBessie Emery Head
06 July 1937
 

Es'kia MphahleleEs'kia Mphahlele
17 December 1919
Writer