Peter Emil Julius Blum was born on May 4, 1925, in Vienna, Austria. In 1937 at age 12 he arrived in South-Africa. He could already speak various European languages, among other German and Italian.
Blum attended school in Durban and in Johannesburg, followed by study at the Universities of Stellenbosch and Cape Town.
From 1949 he worked as librarian in Cape Town and later in Kroonstad in the Free State.
His poetry debut, Steenbok tot Poolsee, appeared in 1955 for which he received the Reina Prinsen Geerligs-prys.
Blum’s application for South African citizenship was twice turned down, and in 1960 he and his wife, Hetta, left South Africa for London. He passed away in London on December 5, 1990.
Did you know?
The title Steenbok tot Poolsee refers to the tropic of Capricorn and the southern Antarctic Ocean which is an allusion to the geographical boundaries of Southern Africa.
Books still in print
Versjoernaal (Anthology containing the poems “Die miljenêr se kombuis” en “Nuus uit die binneland”), Best Books (2009)
Reina Prinsen Geerligs-prys (1956) – Steenbok tot Poolsee
List of published works
1955 Steenbok tot Poolsee, Tafelberg
1958 Enklaves van die lig, Human & Rousseau