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Leon Strydom
Leon Strydom

1944 - 2021

Poet and Author of poetry books and literary publications
Professor of Afrikaans literature at the University of the Orange Free State

Leon Strydom was born on 27 February 1944 in George. He studied at Stellenbosch University and obtained a MA in Afrikaans-Nederlands with a thesis on Louis Leipoldt, Oor die slampamperliedjies van Leipoldt, in 1969. The next two years he lectured in Afrikaans and Dutch at Stellenbosch. He continued his studies at the Rijksuniversiteit in Utrecht, where he obtained a D Litt in 1973.

Awards: Eugêne Marais Prize for Poetry, 1974
Ingrid Jonker Prize, 1975


Geleentheidsverse, , Human & Rousseau, 1973
Oor Die Eenheid Van Die Digbundel: 'n Tipologie Van Gedigtegroepe, Academica, 1976
Catcher of the Sun (with Frans Claerhout), Tafelberg, 1983
L.S., 1988

Leon Strydom passed away on 4 January 2021.

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