Bessie Head

1937 - 1986

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Bessie Amelia Emery Head (6 July 1937 – 17 April 1986) was a South African writer who, though born in South Africa, is usually considered Botswana's most influential writer. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bessie Head has received more than 260,374 page views. Her biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Bessie Head is the 6,543rd most popular writer (down from 5,845th in 2019), the 229th most popular biography from South Africa (down from 186th in 2019) and the 19th most popular South African Writer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 260k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 40.25

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 20

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.00

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.78

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Tales of tenderness and power
Short stories, South African (English)
A question of power
Fiction, Women teachers, Women teachers in fiction
When rain clouds gather
The good thing that power can bring,not to only oppress other people
A bewitched crossroad
History, Fiction
Serowe, village of the Rainwind
Social life and customs, History, Histoire

Page views of Bessie Heads by language

Over the past year Bessie Head has had the most page views in the with 44,002 views, followed by Russian (1,630), and German (1,614). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Portuguese (211.35%), Serbo-Croatian (45.91%), and Swahili (38.78%)


Among writers, Bessie Head ranks 6,543 out of 7,302Before her are Eric Linklater, Didier Van Cauwelaert, Dimitris Lyacos, Katharine Gun, Alice Hoffman, and Geetanjali Shree. After her are E. Pauline Johnson, Dinah Craik, Nele Neuhaus, William Monahan, Greg Daniels, and Andrey Malakhov.

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Among people born in 1937, Bessie Head ranks 533Before her are Judy Tegart-Dalton, David Seidler, Del Harris, Elinor Donahue, Bruce Johnstone, and Jenő Kamuti. After her are Mel Pender, Lorne Loomer, Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri, Jarosława Jóźwiakowska, Jeremiah P. Ostriker, and Eleanor Holmes Norton. Among people deceased in 1986, Bessie Head ranks 293Before her are Rudy Vallée, Robert Helpmann, Dinny Pails, Hank Greenberg, Dorothy Ashby, and Anna Neagle. After her are Richard van der Riet Woolley, Romeo Rivers, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Paul Frees, Jerry Paris, and Roberto Hodge.

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, Bessie Head ranks 229 out of 454Before her are Bruce Johnstone (1937), William Ferguson (1940), Thomas François Burgers (1834), Louis Hayward (1909), Brenda Fassie (1964), and Musetta Vander (1963). After her are Linda Mvusi (1955), Mark González (1984), Hans Vonk (1970), Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri (1937), Kevin Anderson (1986), and Aaron Mokoena (1980).

Among WRITERS In South Africa

Among writers born in South Africa, Bessie Head ranks 19Before her are Andrew Murray (1828), Elsa Joubert (1922), Antjie Krog (1952), Athol Fugard (1932), Karel Schoeman (1939), and Damon Galgut (1963). After her are John Langalibalele Dube (1871), Fatima Meer (1928), Es'kia Mphahlele (1919), Gcina Mhlophe (1958), Zoleka Mandela (1980), and Lauren Beukes (1976).