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World of Letters: Reading Communities and Cultural Debates in Early Apartheid South Africa
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Price: R 365
Publication Date: 2014-06-02
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 978 1 86914 262 9
Width: 150
Height: 230
Pages: 320

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Review by Peter D. McDonald
St Hugh’s College, Oxford
Journal of Southern African Studies, 2015 Vol. 41, No. 3, 699–702

Forgotten Intermediaries of Culture

This thoroughly absorbing and astutely argued book contributes substantially to our understanding of the world of (English) letters in South Africa from around the middle of the 1930s to the late 1950s.

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Review by Rachel Matteau Matsha
Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa, Volume 89, 2015, pp. 120-122

Corinne Sandwith’s book is a welcome contribution to the growing body of work in the field of book history in South Africa. Her book, entitled World of Letters: reading communities and cultural debates in early apartheid South Africa, examines selected South African cultural and intellectual spaces from late 1930s to early 1960s.


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Vice Chancellor's Award – University of Johannesburg, 2015

World of Letters retrieves an important but largely forgotten history of readers, reading practices and cultural debates in early apartheid South Africa. Corinne Sandwith pursues this history in the ephemeral spaces of oppositional newspapers, literary magazines, debating societies and theatre groups.


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