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Keeping the records straight: The literary afterlife of three Boer generals

Stephen R. Gray
Literator | Vol 35, No 1 | a1047 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v35i1.1047 | © 2014 Stephen R. Gray | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 May 2013 | Published: 21 October 2014

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Stephen R. Gray, Department of English, University of Johannesburg, South Africa


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The intention of this article is to highlight some overlooked or lesser-known facets of the remarkable biographies of three Boer generals (Cronjé, Viljoen and De Wet). They achieved fame, particularly in the English-language media and publishing circles, immediately after the Second Anglo-Boer War. Whilst their reputations in the written literature are unassailable and of recurring interest, perhaps some over-mythologising has been responsible for occasional distortions which render their superb life stories less satisfying. The surprising and unexpected aftermath of such details in the subsequent records is also noted.


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