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Es'kia Mphahlele Personal Papers

Identifier: M513


Es'kia Mphahlele was an English professor, writer, and PhD student at the University of Denver from 1966-1968. Mphahlele is often noted at the founder of the African Humanist movement. This collection contains correspondences with various colleagues, employment and academic information, and drafts of his writings.


  • 1968-2008


1 Files (1 letter document box)


This collection is arranged by item type and chronologically when possible.


Es'kia (often known as Ezekiel) Mphahlele was born on December 17, 1919 in Pretoria, South Africa. He was married to Rebecca Nnana Mphahlele in 1945 and they would go on to have five children together. He received in B.A. in English, Psychology, and African American Administration in 1949 from the University of South African and received his M.A. in English in 1955 from the same institution. He earned his PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Denver in 1969 where he also served as a teaching fellow. After spending some time in Pennsylvania, him and his family returned to South Africa in 1976 where he spent much of his time writing. He passed away on October 27, 2008 in Lebowakgomo, South Africa.
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