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PG du Plessis
Biographical info

Pieter Georg (PG) du Plessis was born on 14 July 1934 in Boshof in the Free State. He matriculated at the Hoër Volkskool in Heidelberg. In 1955 he obtained a BA degree in Afrikaans-Nederlands and history at the University of Pretoria.

PG du Plessis obtained his doctorate degree on Die verwysing in die literatuur in 1966 under NP van Wyk Louw. Later, he was a director at the HSRC, chief sub-editor at the magazine Standpunte, assistant editor of the daily newspaper Die Transvaler and also editor of Hoofstad. PG's first drama Die nag van Legio appeared in 1969. He received the Hertzog Prize for Drama in 1972 for Die nag van Legio and Siener in die suburbs. He also became well-known for Koöperasiestories, which was reworked as a TV series.

He was the screenwriter for the TV series Feast of the Uninvited, which he later reworked into a novel Fees van die ongenooides that appeared in 2008. PG currently lives on his farm near Rysmierbult in the North West Province.

Did you know?

· Siener in die suburbs was performed in the 1970s with Marius Weyers, Sandra Prinsloo, Don Lambrecht and Louis van Niekerk in the leading roles. It was also reworked for radio and television later on. In 2002 Siener was performed at the KKNK, directed by Chris Vorster and including Sandra Prinsloo, Gys de Villiers and Franz Marx in the cast.
· PG and Jan Spies were the presenters of the popular TV programme Spies en Plessie … met permissie.
· He founded his own film company in 1987 and wrote the screenplays of films like Nag van die negentiende, Liewe hemel, Genis and Koöperasie-stories: die moewie. Actress Embeth Davidtz, who has since made a success in Hollywood, played one of the leading roles in Nag van die negentiende.
· In the last few years his plays, such as Nagkantoor and Sophia Mentz beredder haar boedel, were performed nationwide.

Author bookshelf

2008 Fees van die ongenooides, Tafelberg
2009 Kortetjies en 'n lange, Tafelberg


WA Hofmeyr Prize (1970) – Die nag van Legio
CNA Prize (1971) – Siener in die suburbs
Hertzog Prize for Drama (1972) – Die nag van Legio and Siener in die suburbs
WA Hofmeyr Prize (1973) – Siener in die suburbs
FAK Prize for Light Fiction (1988) – Het olifante elmboë?
Insig Afrikaanse Onbeperk Pioniersprys (2002)
ATKV Television Prize for Best Script (2007) – For the TV series Dryfsand
ATKV Prize: Fees van die ongenooides (2009)
Helgaard Steyn Prize: Fees van die ongenooides (2012)

List of titles

Literary criticism
1968 Die verwysing in die literatuur, Nasionale Boekhandel

1969 Die nag van Legio, Tafelberg
1971 Siener in die suburbs, Tafelberg
1973 Plaston: DNS-kind, Tafelberg
1977 ’n Seder val in Waterkloof, Tafelberg
1985 Vereeniging, Vereeniging, Tafelberg

Prose: short stories
1980 Koöperasie-stories op Donderdag, Perskor
1983 Hier sit die manne…, Perskor
1985 Nog koöperasie-stories, Perskor
1991 Koöperasie-stories: die omnibus, Perskor
1997 Tussen die riewe, Benedic
1998 Tweehonderd stories, Perskor
2006 120+ sommerstories, LAPA
2009 Kortetjies en 'n lange, Tafelberg 

Prose: sketches
1987 Het olifante elmboë?, Tafelberg
1993 Neklis, Tafelberg

Prose: novel
1998 The Married Man’s Guide to Adultery: A Study of Adulterations, Tafelberg
2008 Fees van die ongenooides, Tafelberg


Die nag van legio (1969)

·   English (My name is Legion)

Siener in die suburbs (1971)

·   English

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