"Every excerpt, every page you have written for my book these past weeks shows that you are a writer with a superb use of the English language, a remarkable vocabulary and a very special turn of phrase.You unquestionably have the talent to write almost anything you direct your attention to. You are a great researcher, as your copious notes prior to our work sessions together indicated. And you know how to put words together most skillfully as your work on the manuscript proved."
"Uys showed such a mastery and predilection for plotting that again and again he came up with dazzling ideas that again and again attracted my attention. I am no good at plotting, hold it to be almost an excrescence, and pay far too little attention to it, so that Uys's bold suggestions were often appreciated. It was he who suggested most of the coincidences, most of the confrontations, most of the wild occurrences and it was I who rejected a vast majority of them but I was deeply indebted to him for certain plot lines..."
-- James A. Michener
These pages are from Michener's draft manuscript for The Covenant, specifically the opening section to "Mfecane," (The Crushing), with the story of the rise of King Shaka of the Zulu nation of South Africa.
Manuscript notations and deletions by Errol Lincoln Uys
Errol Lincoln Uys's handwritten rough draft with new material for the opening pages of a chapter about the Zulu nation in James Michener's novel, The Covenant
Errol Lincoln Uys's typed draft for the Mfecane chapter in The Covenant. Edits and additions by Uys