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Stephen Gray Biography, Books and Awards

Stephen Gray Biography

Stephen Gray was born in 1941 in Cape Town, South Africa. He is a South African writer, poet and critic.

Stephen Gray Education Background

Stephen Gray matriculated from St. Andrew’s College in Grahamstown and went on to study  a BA degree at the University of Cape Town, followed by an MA from Cambridge University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. He was also awarded a D. Litt and D. Phil. by the Rand Afrikaans University.

Stephen Gray Career

He is a prolific poet and has published eight novels. Recurrent themes include attitudes to homosexuality and the many rewritings of history in South Africa. He has also written for the theatre and edited collections of work by Athol Fugard and Herman Charles Bosman.

He was a professor of English at the Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg until 1992. From 1997 to 2006 he was one of the editors of the fourteen-volume Anniversary Edition of the works of Herman Charles Bosman, published by Human & Rousseau, and he published biographies of Bosman and of Beatrice Hastings.

Stephen Gray Books

  • 2010: Returning To Sacred World: A Spiritual
  • 2001: The Artist Is a Thief
  • 2013:Waller & Williams Criminal Law: Text and Cases
  • 2005: Life Sentence: A Biography of Herman Charles Bosman
  • 2004:Criminal Laws: Northern Territory
  • 2011: The Protectors: A Journey Through Whitefella Past
  • 1989: Apollo Cafe and Other Poems, 1982-1988
  • 1991: War Child: A Novel
  • 1998: Gabriel’s Exhibition: New Poems
  • 2004: Beatrice Hastings – A Literary Life
  • 1993: My Serial Killer, and Other Stories:
  • 2005: Indaba: Interviews with African Writers
  • 2008: Remembering Bosman: Herman Charles Bosman Recollected
  • 2011: Brass Discs, Dog Tags and Finger Scanners: The Apology and Aboriginal Protection in the Northern Territory 1863-1972
  • 2014:The Glory Journal: A Missionary’s Journal of the Outpouring of God’s Glory In Africa
  • 1979: Southern African Literature: An Introduction
  • 2007: Planting Fast-Growing Churches
  • 1988: Time of our Darkness
  • 1980: Caltrop’s Desire
  • 1983: Schreiner, a One-woman Play
  • 1994: Selected Poems 1960-92
  • 1993: Accident of Birth: An Autobiography
  • 1987: Early Work of Gustav Stickly
  • 1999: Free-lancers and Literary Biography in South Africa
  • 1975: Local Colour
  • 1992: Season of Violence
  • 1987: John Ross, the True Story: A Novel
  • 1977: Visible People
  • 1974: It’s about Time
  • 1991: File on Fugard
  • 1989: Born of man
  • 1982: Love Poems, Hate Poems: From Notebooks (1974-81)
  • 1988: Quaint Furniture in Arts and Crafts
  • 1984: Douglas Blackburn
  • 1974: The Assassination of Shaka by Mhlangane Dingane and Mbopa on 22 September 1828 at Dukuza by which Act the Zulu Nation First Lost Its Empire
  • 1981: Limbert Furniture
  • 1990: Gustav Stickley After Nineteen Hundred Nine
  • 1994: Drakenstein: A Novel
  • 1980: Camoens and the Poetry of South Africa: Commemorative Lecture Given on the 400th Anniversary of the Death of Luis de Camões on 10 June 1980 at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  • 1995: Innovation and Derivation: The Contribution of L.& J.G. Stickley to the Arts and Crafts Movement
  • 1979: Shelley Cinema and Other Poems
  • 2010: Returning To Sacred World: A Spiritual
  • 2001: The Artist Is a Thief
  • 2013: Waller & Williams Criminal Law: Text and Cases
  • 2005: Life Sentence: A Biography of Herman Charles Bosman
  • 2004: Criminal Laws: Northern Territory
  • 2011: The Protectors: A Journey Through Whitefella Past
  • 1989: Apollo Cafe and Other Poems, 1982-1988
  • 1991: War Child: A Novel
  • 1998: Gabriel’s Exhibition: New Poems
  • 2004: Beatrice Hastings – A Literary Life
  • 1993: My Serial Killer, and Other Stories:
  • 2005: Indaba: Interviews with African Writers
  • 2008: Remembering Bosman: Herman Charles Bosman Recollected
  • 2011: Brass Discs, Dog Tags and Finger Scanners: The Apology and Aboriginal Protection in the Northern Territory 1863-1972
  • 2014: The Glory Journal: A Missionary’s Journal of the Outpouring of God’s Glory In Africa
  • 1979: Southern African Literature: An Introduction
  • 2007: Planting Fast-Growing Churches
  • 1988: Time of our Darkness
  • 1980: Caltrop’s Desire
  • 1983: Schreiner, a One-woman Play
  • 1994: Selected Poems 1960-92
  • 1993: Accident of Birth: An Autobiography
  • 1987; Early Work of Gustav Stickly
  • 1999: Free-lancers and Literary Biography in South Africa
  • 1975: Local Colour
  • 1992: Season of Violence
  • 1987: John Ross, the True Story: A Novel
  • 1977: Visible People
  • 1974: It’s about Time
  • 1991: File on Fugard
  • 1989: Born of man
  • 1982: Love Poems, Hate Poems: From Notebooks (1974-81)
  • 1988: Quaint Furniture in Arts and Crafts
  • 1984: Douglas Blackburn
  • 1974: The Assassination of Shaka by Mhlangane Dingane and Mbopa on 22 September 1828 at Dukuza by which Act the Zulu Nation First Lost Its Empire
  • 1981: Limbert Furniture
  • 1990: Gustav Stickley After Nineteen Hundred Nine
  • 1994: Drakenstein: A Novel
  • 1980: Camoens and the Poetry of South Africa
  • 1995: Innovation and Derivation: The Contribution of L.& J.G. Stickley to the Arts and Crafts Movement
  • 1979: Shelley Cinema and Other Poems

Stephen Gray Awards and Honours

  • 1993: English Academy’s Gold Medal
  • 2007: Stephen Gray was honoured by the Department of Arts and Culture with a South African Literary Award for Lifetime Achievement, in particular for “his dedication to African and world poetry and literary arts”.

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