Tim Couzens (1944–2016) was a South African literary and social historian, and travel writer.[1] He was educated at Durban High School, Rhodes University, and the University of the Witwatersrand. He won a number of awards for his works, and was employed in the Graduate School for Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.[2]

Tim Couzens
Born(1944-02-13)13 February 1944
Durban, South Africa
Died26 October 2016(2016-10-26) (aged 72)
OccupationWriter, literary and social historian
NationalitySouth African
EducationDurban High School
Alma mater

Couzens authored 16 distinct works[3] and was also involved in the publication of Nelson Mandela's "Conversations With Myself".[4]

In mid October 2016 Couzens suffered a severe head injury from a fall causing a brain haemorrhage. He fell into a coma and then died on October 26.[5]


  • The Return of the Amasi Bird: Black South African Poetry 1891-1981 (Ravan Press, 1982), co-edited with Essop Patel[2][6]
  • The New African: A Study of the Life and Work of H.I.E. Dhlomo (Ravan Press, 1985)
  • Tramp Royal: The True Story of Trader Horn (Wits University Press, 1992)
  • A new edition of Sol Plaatje's Mhudi with (Francolin Publishers, 1996)
  • Murder at Morija: Faith, Mystery, and Tragedy on an African Mission (University of Virginia Press, 2003)
  • Battles of South Africa (David Philip, 2004)



  1. ^ "RIP Tim Couzens (1944-2016)". Books Live Sunday Times. Sunday Times. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b "About Tim Couzens". Random Struik. Archived from the original on 25 March 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Books by Tim Couzens (Author of Tramp Royal)". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Respected author Tim Couzens dies". News24. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  5. ^ [1] Entry at Durban High School Class of 1961 tribute page. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  6. ^ Grant-Marshall, Sue (28 October 2014). "AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Pity of the Great War". Business Day Live. Retrieved 12 August 2015.