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Elizabeth Cullingford, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Professor Bernth Lindfors donates his personal library to the University of Natal

One of the most important collections of African literature in the world

Posted: July 14, 2004
It said rare first editions signed by giants of African literature such as Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe and Nadine Gordimer, journals from throughout Africa, and full runs of Black Orpheus, were part of the 13,000 books, journals, and rare tape and video material coming back to Africa.

Bibliographer Hans Zell, who was asked to describe and value the set, called it ''a rare and quite unique collection, unparalleled in the world''.

The university said the funding to bring the collection to Africa and to start the new centre had been provided by global grant-maker Atlantic Philanthropies, the national arts and culture department, the Anglo American Chairman's Fund and the University of Natal Research Fund.

It said American academic, Prof Bernth Lindfors from the University of Austin in Texas, had built up the collection over the last 40 years.

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