Nat Nakasa

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Nat Nakasa (Nathaniel) (1937-1965) Journalist and writer.


He studied at Adams College, began work at Ilanga Lase Natal, then moved on to Drum and the Rand Daily Mail. Founder of the magazine The Classic (1963).

Nakasa committed suicide while in exile in the United States at the age of only 28.

His writings were edited and published by Essop Patel under the title The World of Nat Nakasa (1975). A biography by Ryan Brown, A native of nowhere: the life of Nat Nakasa was published by Jacana Media in 2013. A documentary entitled Nat Nakasa: a native of nowhere (1999) was directed by Lauren Groenewald.

His remains were returned to South Africa in 2014.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

He was one of the collaborators in the workshop led by Athol Fugard to create No-Good Friday (1958).


Stellenbosch University Library catalogue.

Sunday Independent, 22 June 2014.

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