Hendrik van der Merwe (Merwe) Scholtz
was born on 8 July, 1924 at Utrecht, Holland. He studied at Unisa (BA), and
at the universities of Potchefstroom (MA) and Amsterdam (D Littt and Phil 1950.
Titleof thesis: Sistematiese verslag van 'n stilistiese analise: Die towenares).
1950: Senior Lecturer at the University of Pretoria
1959: Professor of Afrikaans Linguistics, Culture and History at the University of Amsterdam
1955: Associate Professor at the University of Pretoria
1966: Professor of Afrikaans Linguistics at the University of Capetown
1979 - 1986: Professor at the Department Afrikaans and Dutch, Stellenbosch University.
Merwe Scholtz was Chairman of the Linguistic Committee of the SA Academy and member of the Publications Committee, 1963-1977 as was his wife, Rita.
In addition to his work on literary theory Merwe Scholtz compiled poetry collections of Opperman,Totius, Leipold and A G Visser and translated (from German and English) Aristophanes' 'Die Paddas'.
Rita and Merwe Scholtz had 3 sons.
"E. H. (Rita) Scholtz (b. 1924), wife of Merwe Scholtz, identified herself as a housewife on her application form, graduate with a special interest in English and Afrikaans literature. She wrote her master's thesis on the poet N. P. van Wyk Louw. She was a key literary censor from the mid-1970s and throughout the 1980s."
Found at www.theliteraturepolice.com
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