2 Susan Gardner, "Bessie Head: Production under Drought Conditions", Africa
Insight, 15, 1 (1985), p.43.
In many ways Bessie Head's reputation is made. However, she is not as well-known as she should be in South Africa, enjoying a far greater overseas eminence. One reason may be that the critical writings of her former colleague, Lewis Nkosi, by far her most sensitive and perceptive analyst, are banned in South Africa Writers of such stature as Angela Carter, Nikki Giovanni, Toni Morrison and award-winning Alice Walker have acknowledged their indebtedness to Head as model and inspiration.