Miriam TlaliSouth Africa

Miriam Tlali Biography, Wiki, Age, Husband, Children, Novelist, Cause of Death, Google Doodle

11th November 2018, Google dedicates a doodle to Elisa Leonida Zamfirescu on her 85th Birthday Anniversary

Miriam Tlali Wiki

Miriam Tlali Bio

Miriam Tlali was born on 11th November 1933 and died 24 February 2017. She was a South African novelist and the first black woman in South Africa to publish a novel, Muriel at Metropolitan, in 1975. She was also one of the first to write about Soweto. Most of her writing was originally banned by the South African apartheid regime.
Miriam Tlali Birthday She was 24 February 2017 in Doornfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa
Miriam Tlali Death and Cause 24 February 2017 (aged 83) in Parktown, Johannesburg, South Africa
Miriam Tlali Death Husband Stephen Lehutso (Also Passed away)
Miriam Tlali Death Children 24 February 2017 (aged 83)
Tlali meaning  Tlali Means. Thanks! T is for treasure, of your friendship. L is for lofty, your ambitions are high!
Occupation Writer
Nationality South African
Genre Fiction
Education University of the Witwatersrand
Miriam Tlali Death Google Doodle On 11th November 2018, Google dedicated a doodle to Elisa Leonida Zamfirescu on her 85th Birthday Anniversary
Miriam Tlali Books
  • Between two worlds – 1975
  • Mihloti – 1984
  • Footprints in the Quag – 1989
  • Soweto Stories – 1989
  • Muriel at Metropolitan
  • Amandla – 1980

Miriam Tlali  Biography

Miriam Masoli Tlali was born in Doornfontein, Johannesburg, and grew up in Sophiatown. She went to school at St Cyprian’s Anglican School and then Madibane High School. She studied at the University of the Witwatersrand until it was closed to Blacks during the apartheid era. Tlali later went to the National University of Lesotho (then called Pius the XII University) at Roma, Lesotho. Leaving there because of lack of funds, she went to secretarial school and found employment as a bookkeeper at a Johannesburg furniture store.

Tlali drew on her experiences as an office clerk for her first book, Muriel at Metropolitan, a semi-autobiographical novel whose “viewpoint is a new one in South African literature”. Although she wrote it in 1969, it was not published for six years, after being rejected by many publishing houses in South Africa. In 1975 Ravan Press published Muriel at Metropolitan: “only after removing certain extracts they thought would certainly offend the Censorship Board — the South African literary watchdog. But despite this effort, the novel was banned almost immediately after publication because the Censorship Board pronounced it undesirable in the South African political context.” The book reached a wider audience after its publication in 1979 by Longman under the title Between Two Worlds, and its subsequent translation into other languages, including Japanese, Polish, German and Dutch. Tlali said in a paper delivered in Amsterdam before the Committee Against Censorship in 1988: “To the Philistines, the banners of books, the critics… We black South African writers (who are faced with the task of conscientizing our people and ourselves are writing for those whom we know are the relevant audience. We are not going to write to qualify into your definition of what you describe as ‘true art’… We have to write to our people and about them.”

Tlali wrote her second novel, Amandla, which was based on the 1976 Soweto uprising, was also banned in South Africa soon after it was published in 1980. Later books by Tlali include Mihloti (meaning “Tears”), a collection of short stories, interviews, and non-fiction, published in 1984 by the black publishing house Skotaville, which she co-founded. Her novels were unbanned in 1986. Her 1989 book Footprints in the Quag, published in South Africa by David Philip, was brought out under the title Soweto Stories by Pandora Press.

Tlali co-founded and contributed to Staffrider magazine, for which she wrote a regular column, “Soweto Speaking,” as well as writing for other South African publications, including the Rand Daily Mail.

Tlali’s literary activities took her to different parts of the world, including the Netherlands, where she worked for a year, and the USA. She participated in an international writing programme at Iowa State University, giving lectures in San Francisco, Atlanta, Washington DC, and New York in 1978. Between 1989 and 1990, she was a visiting scholar at the Southern African Research Program at Yale University.

Miriam Tlali Awards and honours

In 1995 Tlali was honoured by the South African government’s Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology with a Literary Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2008, she received the Ikhamanga Silver presidential award.

Miriam Tlali Google Doodle

On 11th November 2018, Google dedicated a doodle to Elisa Leonida Zamfirescu on her 85th Birthday Anniversary.   She was a South African novelist and the first black woman in South Africa to publish a novel.

Miriam Tlali Google Doodle
Miriam Tlali Google Doodle

Miriam Tlali Husband and Children

Miriam Tlali was married to the late Stephen Lehutso and the two had two children who have also Passed away. After her death, she was survived by two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Miriam Tlali  Death and Cause

Miriam Tlali, who died on Saturday 24th February 2017 aged 83 at a nursing home in Parktown. The cause of her death was natural.


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