The Cape Intellectuals

Philip Ferguson plf13 at it.canterbury.ac.nz
Wed May 2 18:32:01 MDT 2001


THE CAPE TOWN INTELLECTUALS:
RUTH SCHECHTER AND HER CIRCLE, 1907-1934
by Baruch Hirson

Baruch Hirson survived years in Apartheid prisons, which he  describes in
his memoirs REVOLUTIONS IN MY LIFE.  He was the editor of SEARCHLIGHT SPUTH
AFRICA He died in  1999

'As social and literary history The Cape Town  Intellectuals should
influence any subsequent narratives about South  Africa's political
formulation.' - from the foreword by Professor Tom  Lodge

This is the story of a brilliant writer and social critic.  Hirson
explores Ruth Schecter's eventful life in Cambridge, New York and  Cape
Town, as she moved between academia and a Jewish milieu which was often
conservative but on occasion rather radical. As an adult, she lived most of
her  life in Cape Town where she encountered powerful establishment
figures, and the  powerless - the Indian community and the coloureds living
in District Six. Among  the personalities she met were Frederick Bodmer,
Mohandas K Gandhi, Lancelot  Hogben, Laurence van der Post, and her
eventual husband, Benjamin Farrington.  She became a particularly close
associate of Olive Schreiner. This is a story  that touches on the
development of a dissenting South African community. Based  on original
research, Hirson has drawn together an engaging and original  historical
biography.

Contents - Preface - Introduction - 1 Father and Daughter - 2  The Move to
America - 3 Morris Alexander, Gandhi, and the Theosophists - 4 Ruth  and
Olive - 5 The Fairest Cape? - 6 Enter Ben Farrington - 7 Ruth and Friends -
8 Amy and the Communists - 9 Ruth as Writer - 10 A New Beginning and the
End -  Epilogue.

220x 150 mm Illustrated: Black and white photos, 284pp,  index.


Published in Europe by The Merlin Press ISBN 0 85036 500  7 pbk GBP 14.95


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