Dan Wylie

Dan Wylie teaches in the Department of English at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. He has published Savage Delight: White Myths of Shaka (2000); a memoir of the Rhodesian war, Dead Leaves (2002); and some volumes of poetry.

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Myth of Iron · Shaka in History
By Dan Wylie

Myth of Iron is the first book-length scholarly study of the famous Zulu leader Shaka to be published. It lays out, as far as possible, all the available evidence — mainly hitherto underutilized Zulu oral testimonies, supported by other documentary sources — and decides, item by item, legend by legend, what exactly we can know about Shaka’s reign.

“Wylie locates what we can know or reasonably surmise about Shaka in the broader context of local and global historical factors, which is immensely valuable. That, combined with his detailed unweaving of the Shaka myth, makes for a deeply fascinating volume.”

Shaun de Waal, Mail & Guardian