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Discover a Legendary Xhosa Man of Letters in an Excerpt from William Wellington Gqoba: Isizwe Esinembali

William Wellington Gqoba: Isizwe esinembaliDLP Yali-Manisi: Iimbali ZamanyangeUKZN Press has shared the introduction from Volume 1 of The Opland Collection of Xhosa Literature, William Wellington Gqoba: Isizwe esinembali: Xhosa histories and poetry (1873–1888).

The Opland Collection of Xhosa Literature, edited by Jeff Opland and Pamela Maseko, is the academic library Opland assembled in the course of his research into Xhosa folklore, especially praise poetry, and the history of Xhosa literature.

Its contents include field recordings of Xhosa poets (1969–85), books and pamphlets in isiXhosa, and copies of literature published in ephemera. The Publications Series draws on material in the Collection, and presents diplomatic editions with English translations of significant works in isiXhosa, for the most part previously unrecognised or unavailable as published books.

The first two volumes in the series, William Wellington Gqoba: Isizwe esinembali and DLP Yali-Manisi: Iimbali Zamanyange: Historical Poems, were published in early 2015.

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