Spreuke van Langenhoven | General Fiction
J.A. Scannell , C.J. Langenhoven
Cornelis Jacobus Langenhoven (13 August 1873 – 15 July 1932), wrote under the pen name C.J. Langenhoven and was better known as Sagmoedige Neelsie (Gentle Neelsie) or Kerneels.
He had a formidable role in South Africa's Afrikaans literature and cultural history, and was one of the young language's foremost promoters. C.J. Langenhoven's most famous work is the original South African Anthem Die Stem (i.e., "The Voice / The Call of South Africa") which he wrote in 1918. Parts of this anthem have been worked into the new national anthem since apartheid was abolished. Aside from this, his writing career spanned almost every genre, from poetry to ghost and alien stories.
Langenhoven also translated several works into Afrikaans, amongst these was the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
He created new Afrikaans proverbs, this popular selection by Jan Scannell has been in demand for the past twenty years. One of the most versatile writers in Afrikaans, he was a master of the short form of prose and is best remembered for his humorous and satirical works. Langenhoven was well known for his sharp wit and gentle manner. He owned an imaginary elephant named Herrie ("Harry") that appeared in many of his stories. He even carved its name onto a boulder next to the N12 highway near Meiringspoort (outside Oudtshoorn) in 1929. This boulder known as Herrie's Stone (Herrie se Klip in Afrikaans), has been declared a South African national monument.