Alice Werner was a miscellaneous writer, poet and teacher of the Bantu language. She has lived in New Zealand, Mexico, America and throughout Europe. She was initially educated in Germany before moving to England.

After visiting Nyasaland in 1893 and Natal in 1894, her writings were focused on African themes.

In 1917 she became a part of the School of Oriental Studies, moving up from lecturer to reader to professor of Swahili and Bantu languages before retiring in 1929-1930.

In 1928, Alice Werner received the degree of Director of Literature from the University of London. Following her retirement, she received the title of Emeritus Professor from the same University. In 1931 she was awarded the Silver medal of the African Society, of which she was Vice-President.

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