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Looking for a Rain God

Bessie Head

BESSIE HEAD was born in South Africa, the child of a white mother and black father. After a childhood in foster care and in an orphanage in Durban, she trained as a primary teacher and taught school for several years. In 1962 she married a journalist, Harold Head, and they had a son. In 1964, estranged from her husband, she left South Africa for Botswana where she made her life. Her first novel, When Rain Clouds Gather, appeared in 1967. As her writings made her better known, she traveled to the United States and to Australia. Granted Botswanan citizenship in 1979, she died in 1986 of hepatitis.

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Bessie Head: A Woman of Extremes
This site features the essay "A Woman of Extremes" by Craig MacKenzie, an Associate Professor of English at Rand Afrikaans University.

Bessie Head Link
This site includes a brief biography and several links.

Bessie Head‚s Youth
This site features an article about the author‚s youth by Gillian Stead Eilersen, a South African-born writer and academic.

"Looking for a Rain God"


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