John van Melle
|John van Melle|
|Born||Johannes van Melle
11 February 1887
|Died||8 November 1953(aged 66)|
Van Melle was born in Goes. He arrived in South Africa in 1906, and after a short sojourn in the Netherlands East Indies, settled in South Africa permanently in 1913. He worked as a teacher in many rural schools and soon started to publish in both Dutch and the newly emerging Afrikaans language.
Van Melle's best known work is the novel Bart Nel, a classic of Afrikaans literature. It tells the tale of a farmer whose indomitable spirit allows him to survive the destruction and loss of his farm in wartime and being abandoned by his wife and family.
- http://www.leidenuniv.nl/host/mnl/mnl/levens/55-56/melle.htm (in Afrikaans)
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