Authors birthdays: October

Elsa Joubert (19 October 1922), born Elsabé Antoinette Murray, is a Sestigers Afrikaans-language writer. Elsa Joubert rose to prominence with her novel Die swerfjare van Poppie Nongena, which was translated into 13 languages and also staged as a drama.

Elsa Joubert grew up in Paarl and matriculated from the all-girls school La Rochelle in Paarl in 1939. She then studied at the University of Stellenbosch from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1942 and an SED (Secondary Education Diploma) in 1943. She continued her studies at the University of Cape Town which she left with a Master’s degree in Dutch-Afrikaans literature in 1945.

After graduating, Elsa Joubert taught at the Hoër Meisieskool, an all-girls high school in Cradock, then worked as the editor of the women’s pages of Huisgenoot, a well-known Afrikaans family magazine, from 1946 to 1948. She then started writing full-time and traveled extensively in Africa, from the springs of the Nile in Uganda, through the Sudan, toCairo, as well as to Mozambique, Mauritius, Réunion, Madagascar, and Angola. She also visited Indonesia.

In 1950 Elsa Joubert married Klaas Steytler, a journalist and later publisher and author, who died in 1998. She has three children, two daughters, and one son, and lives inOranjezicht, Cape Town.

  • Lerone Bennett, Jr. – 17 October 1928
  • Mark Mathabane – 18 October 1960
  • Terry McMillan – 18 October 1951
  • Ntozake Shange – 18 October 1948
  • Elsa Joubert – 19 October 1922
  • Mark Behr – 19 October 1963
  • Nikki Grimes – 20 October 1950
  • C. Johan Bakkes – 21 October 1956
  • Ahmos Zu-Bolton II – 21 October 1948
  • Doris May Lessing – 22 October 1919 –died 17 November 2013
  • Alhaji Alieu Ebrima Cham Joof – 22 October 1924 –  died 2 April 2011
  • Michael Eric Dyson -23 October 1958
  • Shabbir Banoobhai –  23 October 1949
  • Gayl Jones – 23 November 1949
  • Gcina Mhlope – 24 October 1958
  • Ferhat Abbas – 24 October 1899 – died 24 December 1985
  • Ukamaka Olisakwe – 24 October 1982
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