Ruth Obee

Ruth Obee was a feature writer and poet who served as the editor of the monthly publication of the Association of American Foreign Service Women. With her husband, a diplomat, she lived in India, Nepal, Pakistan, Tanzania, and South Africa.

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Es’kia Mphahlele · Themes of Alienation and African Humanism
By Ruth Obee

“If you really want to understand South Africa, read black African writers. Read Es'kia Mphahlele,” is the advice proffered to diplomats and scholars by professor and publisher Donald Herdeck. The irony is that in the past, many of Mphahlele's works were out of print or banned under censorship laws in South Africa from the early 1950s on.