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b. k. green
Author of literary works
A former Senior Lecturer at the English Department, Stellenbosch University
Of Irish, English, and Afrikaans ancestry, Brian Keith Green grew up in suburban Cape Town, where he studied and taught English at the university. After he graduated from the University of Cambridge, his career as an academic in English language and literature took him to the Universities of Port Elizabeth and Stellenbosch. He now writes short fiction full-time.
In 1996, he self-published his first novella, Twilight of the Idols, purely as a coup d'essai, under the pseudonym Phil Crow. His short story "Conch" appeared in Uncovered Mirrors: A Selection of Contemporary South African Stories (1999, ed. Keith Adams). In 2008, his novel, The Monkey on the Mountain, was short-listed for the EU Literary Award.
Other publications of his include a festschrift, Generous Converse: English Essays in Memory of Edward Davis, published by Oxford University Press (1980), which he edited and contributed to; a full-length study of the lyrics of Thomas Hardy, Hardy's Lyrics: Pearls of Pity (Macmillan, 1996); and numerous critical essays in academic journals on works of English
The Monkey on the Mountain, 2008
Dr Virgil's Dream, 2012
Like Monsters of the Deep, 2016
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Shortlisted for the 2007-08 European Literary Award, THE MONKEY ON THE MOUNTAIN is a novel that tells the story of a timid schoolboy in simple, everyday language, who confronts such deep enigmas of growing up as How does a boy become a man?