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Novels, poems and
essays by Fugard
Karoo and other stories,
2005. Short stories
A collection of short stories
set in the Karoo (Buks and Joseph, Lukas Janties,
Klonkie, Johnnie Goliath, Katie Koopman, Booitjie
Barends) together with excerpts from Fugard's
notebooks. One of the stories, Booitjie Barends, is the basis
for Fugard's play Booitjie and the Oubaas. The book is
also quoted in Coming Home.
The photos are also by Fugard,
including the sublime cover photo.
Occasional Poetry, 1986.
An anthology of poetry by
novelists and playwrights. Fugard
contributes six Haiku, which are not particularly
impressive. The best is:
Lucky night-borne midge
Crawling across 'yesterday'
The ink is dry.
Other contributors include
Coetzee and Golding, Doris Lessing and Jean Rhys,
C.S. Lewis and Arnold Wesker. Alan
Ayckbourn provides the nicest, "Cat
crouching", whereas Golding shows he is a
good novelist and a bad poet.
1980, written 1959-1960. A novel
A sort of Township novel.
There are some similarities with Graham Greene's
Brighton Rock, in particular the vicious hero,
but it soon turns to sentimentality. There are
it felt as if his feet and
his heart were pointing in opposite directions
but it is overlong and too wordy, for example
His Sunday night now, come
in a warm cloud of smoke and darkness in the
streets and moths raging in soft storms around
etc for another 15 lines.
Tsotsi means "black
This is a major source of information on
Fugard- his jottings and ideas. As always
he is very open about his writing. On Hello and
Goodbye "A question I can't fully answer
(yet? ever?): what is it that draws Johnnie to
Cousins. A Memoir
Cousins is the first (and so far only) part
of four autobiographical sketches. This covers
two cousins from his childhood, Johnnie and
I remember my
childhood as a time of secrets...in a variety of
disguises everything I have written has been an
attempt to share secrets with you
The memoir is interesting, but it is also a
defence mechanism by Fugard. If he wrote an
autobiography then chronology would force him to
cover all areas of his life. By choosing episodes
he reveals only what he wants. Even so he is
evasive "for various reasons parental
supervision of our free time was very lax".
Books about Fugard
Athol Fugard 2003
Dennis Walder's literary biography of
Fugard. Walder also wrote the first book on
Fugard in 1984.
Gadamer, History, and
the Classics : Fugard, Marowitz, Berkoff, and
Harrison Rewrite the Theatre 2002
Alison Forsyth in Studies in Literary
Criticism and Theory, V. 15. 42 pages on
Fugard "Antigone, Fugard and ´The Tradition
of the Oppressed´".
editors J. Michael Walton and Marianne
"This collection of provocative
essays reveals how some of the great Irish poets
and dramatists, of the past and present, have
drawn on Greek myths and used these stories,
which have travelled across three thousand years,
to bring new insights on the world in which we
Including essays from, amongst others, Athol
Fugard, Seamus Heaney and Tom Paulin Amid Our
Troubles looks at the work of such writers as
Marina Carr, Brian Friel, Brendan Kennelly, Frank
McGuinness and W. B. Yeats. "
Volume One with Christopher Bigsby.
An interview with Fugard (12 pages)
as well as 21 other writers including August
Wilson, Doris Lessing, Wole Soyinka, James
Baldwin, Salman Rushdie.
"- Can you explain to me why
it is that in most of your plays there are only
two or three characters?
- I am a miniaturist- that is the size of the
canvas I can fill. I don't think I would
know how to fill a bigger canvas. The
thought of a play with seven or eight characters
The Dramatic Art of
from South Africa to the World 2000
Albert Wertheim's biography of Fugard.
Very good on both Fugard and his work.
"In its final and advanced
lesson, My Children! My
Africa! teaches its
difficult truth, a truth that is as applicable to
education and social change as it is to theatre:
mere words devoid of actions or feelings are
empty rhetoric; mere actions devoid of words or
reasoned thought are mayhem... Mr. M stands in
his classroom holding his dictionary in one hand
and a rock that has been thrown through his
window in the other. Each symbol by itself
represents a worthless approach..."
Athol Fugard and
Barney Simon 1999
The sub-title, Bare stage, a few
props, great theatre is a quote by
Fugard to Simon on what they required for their
next performance. A book about the author
Mary Benson's friendship with Fugard and Simon.
Enjoyable, well written with good insights and
"The group's first performance had
been given in an abandoned snake-pit at Port
Elizabeth's museum and snake park; they decided
to call themselves the Serpent Players"
The full text of "Master
Harold"... and the Boys plus a good
selection of reprinted articles to help the
student. The articles cover the play, South
Africa, Athol Fugard, racism etc. There are
also interviews with Fugard and with Zakes Mokae.
from Ibsen to Fugard 1992
by Terry Hodgson. An
overview of drama with one chapter (9 pages) on Fugard. Good general information.
File on Fugard 1991
A short guide to his works by Stephen
Gray. A summary of all the plays up to My
Children, with excerpts from contemporary
"Mr. Fugard´s two earlier plays,
No-Good Friday and Nongogo, had plenty of real
meat in them. The Blood Knot is the finest so
far. The problem is: where can such a play find a
wider audience? Perhaps, like No-Good Friday, it
will have to travel to Rhodesia, but its true
home and greatest impact must surely lie
Athol Fugard A
A bibliography by John Read. A
summary of reviews of Fugard, up to My Children!
Drawings by actor Antony Sher, including
two of Fugard.
Truth the hand can
A major literary biography by Russell
Vandenbroucke. This covers Fugard´s work up to
the 1980s and Master Harold.
"While Fugard has never left South
Africa for a long period, like Genet he is a kind
of exile in his own home, estranged from the
mainstream of life around him"
"In nearly every work an insecure
character tries to find his identity and assert
the dignity inherent in his humanity"
Athol Fugard 1984
The first full-length study of
Fugard by Dennis Walder. The plays up to Master
Harold. There are good insights into the
"All Fugard´s plays approximate
to the same model established in The Blood Knot:
a small cast of ´marginal´ characters is
presented in a passionately close relationship
embodying the tensions current in their
and it also has some good criticism:
"...he adopts the role of white
man without whom, it seems, Africans are unable
to understand the implications of their own
With 12 good photos. The photo
above is of Fugard and Bryceland in
Statements. Note that Walder has written a
new book on Fugard published in 2003.
Athol Fugard 1982
Edited by Stephen Grey. A large
collection of essays on Fugard´s work. Very
"I have a sense that my most finely
crafted play, just best constructed, is Boesman
and Lena. The play which sort of lurks in my
life, though, ... is Statements after an arrest
under the Immorality Act"
Athol Fugard: A
Source Guide 1982
compiled by Temple Hauptfleisch, Wilma
Viljoen and Céleste van Greunen. A
bibliography, concentrating on South African
magazine articles. With a good short
Tantalisingly Dimetos is mentioned
with audio recordings of the rehearsal (9
cassettes, 14 hours), a recording of the first
production (2 cassettes, 2 hours) and a recording
of the Edinburgh production (1 cassette, 1 1/2
York Notes on
Selected Plays Fugard 1980
by Dennis Walder (the front page is
incorrectly spelt as Denis). A good guide
for students. A general introduction the
detailed summaries of Sizwe Bansi, Island and
Statements. The commentaries on topics such
as The Play and Image and The Play and Politics.
by Brian Stone and Pat Scorer.
Short pieces on 16 plays, each of which was
produced for the BBC and the Open
University. The final play is Sizwe Bansi
(6 pages plus photo).
"Not that we need a
play to tell us that apartheid is evil: a
pamphlet could do that better. But to prove
it on our pulses as well as our minds we need the
help of art".
Further books (information on
these is welcome):
Athol Fugard: a Case Book by Kimball King.
Published by Garland Science, July 1997.
Exploring the labyrinth : Athol Fugard's approach
to South African drama by Margarete Seidenspinner