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Two Tone. A Quarterly of Rhodesian Poetry. "Vol. IV, March, No. 2"

Published by P. M. Berlyn, Salisbury, Rhodesia (Harare, Zimbabwe), 1968
Condition: Fair+ Soft cover
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no date, no ISSN; from the library of the anthropologist William H. Gilbert with Gilbert's inscription on the page bearing the title and contents which states that he purchased this periodical during a visit to Salisbury, Rhodesia (Harare, Zimbabwe) on July 13, 1968, so that this publication is likely to have come out on or after March of that year; small damp spots on the front, foxing on the back cover, else clean, tight, and little used, rated Fair+; Barbara Murray of the Chimurenga Magazine Library http://www.chimurengalibrary.co.za/periodicals.php?id=24 describes "Two Tone" as follows: "[First] Published in 1954, Two Tone a quarterly of Rhodesian poetry signified a radical break with the largely conservative Eurocentric academic traditions which until then had dominated Zimbabwean poetry. Publishing poetry by both black and white writers working, predominantly in English but also in Ndebele and Shona, it challenged divisions and created a new open field for expression in divergent poetic voices and styles. While the magazine was published in association with the National Arts Foundation of Rhodesia and the University of Rhodesia's English Department the selection process was left to the journal's rotating board of editors, whose focus on "good writing," "technical skill," "stylistic innovation" and "authentic expression" provided a foundation for much of the groundbreaking new literature that exploded in Zimbabwe in the 1970. Two Tone prioritised the author of the imagination rather than the revisionist historian or political revolutionary - a position which became increasing tenuous during the oppressive years of the Smith regime. The magazine received scathing criticism from academics, political activist and many black poets who increasingly saw it as a "banal" and "pretentious outlet" for a closed minority of "White literati", whose "patronizing approach" to black writing supported the political status quo. The antagonism was only exacerbated by the publication of defensive editorials which argued that "separatism and elitism" create the assurances of liberty to "foster imaginative literature." Despite the controversy, the journal's legacy is secured through the writing of seminal contemporary Zimbabwean poets such as D. F. Middleton, Julius Chingono, Charles Mungoshi, Bonus Zimunya and John Eppel, all of whom began their literary careers on the pages of Two Tone."; most of the poems are in English, but two are published in Shona with English translation done by the linguist and noted Shona specialist, Professor George Fortune; this issue of "Two Tone", now exceedingly hard to find, would be of interest to collectors of books and journals on Zimbabwe (Rhodesia), its use of English and Shona (as well as Ndebele), and the mental state of its people in the historic period just at the end of European minority rule; paper covers are blue with white and blue lettering on the front and white on the back, the front has juxtaposed dark and light persona (masks in a play) with a pen, in the process of writing, right behind them, signifying, perhaps, a possible and hoped-for future that (inevitably?) turned to the dark side, 8vo - 7 7/8 inches, 22 numbered pages. Bookseller Inventory # 001336

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Title: Two Tone. A Quarterly of Rhodesian Poetry. "...

Publisher: P. M. Berlyn, Salisbury, Rhodesia (Harare, Zimbabwe)

Publication Date: 1968

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Fair+

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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