Thomas Pringle

Thomas Pringle

South African pioneer, poet and abolitionist

Randolph Vigne

Hardback
$80.00

James Currey

Overview

Overview

A fine biography. (It) is a most satisfying book and an important contribution to South African scholarship. CAPE TIMES

Scottish poet, fighter for human rights in the Cape Colony, and abolitionist, reveals the role this key Enlightenment figure played in Africa and Britain.
This biography of Thomas Pringle (1789-1834), poet, fighter for human rights in the Cape Colony, and abolitionist, reveals the role this key Enlightenment figure played in Africa and Britain. Honoured in South Africa as 'the father of South African English poetry', for his part in achieving a free press, for his fight for the settlers' rights in the colony, in Scotland as the founding editor of Blackwood's Magazine, and in England as instrumental in bringing in abolition, Thomas Pringle has not yet had the attention he deserves.

Born on the Scottish Borders, Pringle entered literary life in late Englightenment Edinburgh, but in 1820 led a party of settlers to the Cape Colony. After running a school, launching a literary journal and co-editing the Cape's first independent newspaper, he formed a group to fight for democratic rights for both the settlers and the dispossessed indigenous people. His biography reveals the important part he played in the literary and political world across two continents, and in championing the Khoisan and the increasingly dispossessed Nguni people. On returning to England he became Secretary of the Anti-Slavery Society, and on 15 June 1834 announced the implementation of abolition.

After actively opposing the apartheid government in South Africa Randolph Vigne worked in exile as a London publisher and latterly, in Britain and South Africa, as author and editor of European and African historical studies.

Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe): UCT Press

Details

September 2012
10 black and white, 2 line illustrations
288 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781847010520
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
James Currey
BIC HBJH, 1HFM, 2AB, 3JH
BISAC BIO032000, HIS047000
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Table of Contents

Preface - Author's Note - I SCOTLAND: BORDER FARM TO LITERARY EDINBURGH (1789-1820)
The Elfin Band
Edinburgh: the Shallows
Edinburgh: at the Flood
A Long, a Last Adieu! - II THE CAPE FRONTIER: PIONEER, SETTLER LEADER (1820-1821)
Settler Leader: Arrival
At Glen Lynden
Beyond Glen Lynden - III CAPE TOWN & GENADENDAL: THE STAND AGAINST POWER (1822-1825)
Westward
'An Arrant Dissenter'
Vale of Grace
On the Frontier: the Final Year - IV THE FRONTIER, KARROO: RURAL RETREAT & THE 'GREAT CAUSE' (1825-1826)
Return to Glen Lynden
Karroo Turning Point
Last Months at Eildon
Return of the Settler - V LONDON LITERARY LIFE & THE ANTI-SLAVERY CAMPAIGN (1826-1833)
London Journalist & Editor
The Literary Life & Cape Achievements
Emancipation & After - VI SCOTLAND & HIGHGATE: A POET RETURNS TO HIS ROOTS & LAST WORKS (1830-1834)
'A Little Doctoring'
African Sketches: Responses
On Scottish Ground
Journey's End

Reviews

Thorough, indispensable, fascinating and highly recommended.To sing the praises of (this) book is easy. BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR ROMANTIC STUDIES

Vigne has carefully recreated a life in all its triumphs and sorrows. We now have a far better insight into 'the father of South African poetry'. SOUTH AFRICAN HISTORICAL JOURNAL

A readable, meticulous work which sets a very high standard. (It is likely to be) the definitive biography of Pringle for many years to come. ENGLISH STUDIES IN AFRICA

(A) fine biography. . Vigne maintains a lucid sense of the historical context of Pringle's life (and) is alive to the illustrative anecdote, the detail that enlivens the focussed narrative. . The book is well annotated, illustrated and indexed, and production values are excellent. ENGLISH IN AFRICA

A fine biography. (It) is a most satisfying book and an important contribution to South African scholarship. CAPE TIMES

(Vigne) has produced a full portrait of the frontier poet, who may well be said to have kicked off the literature of modern South Africa in English. MAIL & GUARDIAN (South Africa)

The remarkable story of a man of genius. SALON