No Fretful Sleeper

Author: Paul Millar
Publisher: Auckland University Press
ISBN: 1869405412
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No Fretful Sleeper from the Author: Paul Millar. There is no place in normal New Zealand society for the man who is different', wrote William Harrison (Bill) Pearson. One of New Zealand's most distinguished fiction writers and sharpest critics, Pearson's life was also fraught with contradiction and secrecy, largely because of his homosexuality. Born in Greymouth in 1922, he grew up in a society dominated by a rugged ideal of New Zealand manhood; not an easy childhood or adolescence for an unusually sensitive boy who preferred intellectual pursuits to sports. He went to university and Dunedin Training College, then taught at Blackball School – a period from which he drew the material for his celebrated novel, Coal Flat. After serving in the Second World War he received his PhD from the University of London – where distance gave him a clear critical perspective on this country of 'fretful sleepers' – then returned to New Zealand as a scholar and lecturer, writer and editor. Bill Pearson's life is emblematic of vital elements in twentieth-century New Zealand society: intellectual culture, left-wing politics and the growing acceptance of homosexual identity and Maori and Pacific Island culture. Drawing on Pearson's own unpublished writing and extensive research, Millar has written an extraordinary biography of a courageous non-conformist, a man fully awake to the vulnerability of his society's freedoms.

Conversation In A Train And Other Critical Writings

Author: Frank Sargeson
Publisher: Auckland University Press
ISBN: 1869405552
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Conversation In A Train And Other Critical Writings from the Author: Frank Sargeson. Frank Sargeson wrote fiction for over half a century as well as occasional criticism in many forms and on many topics. Writers considered include D. H. Lawrence, Sherwood Anderson, Henry Lawson and Olive Schreiner besides fellow New Zealanders such as Katherine Mansfield, Janet Frame, Dan Davin, James Courage, Bill Pearson, and Ronald Hugh Morrieson. He was particularly concerned with societies which grew on the nineteenth-century European colonial frontiers, and with the writers they produced. A comprehensive bibliography of Sargeson's non-fiction prose is included.


Author: Chris Price
Publisher: University of Otago Press
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Landfall from the Author: Chris Price.

A History Of New Zealand Literature

Author: Mark Williams
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316546195
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A History Of New Zealand Literature from the Author: Mark Williams. A History of New Zealand Literature traces the genealogy of New Zealand literature from its first imaginings by Europeans in the eighteenth century. Beginning with a comprehensive introduction that charts the growth of, and challenges to, a nationalist literary tradition, the essays in this History illuminate the cultural and political intricacies of New Zealand literature, surveying the multilayered verse, fiction and drama of such diverse writers as Katherine Mansfield, Allen Curnow, Frank Sargeson, Janet Frame, Keri Hulme, Witi Ihimaera and Patricia Grace. Written by a host of leading scholars, this History devotes special attention to the lasting significance of colonialism, biculturalism and multiculturalism in New Zealand literature. A History of New Zealand Literature is of pivotal importance to the development of New Zealand writing and will serve as an invaluable reference for specialists and students alike.

New Zealand Fiction

Author: Joseph Jones
Publisher: Boston : Twayne
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New Zealand Fiction from the Author: Joseph Jones.

The Commercialisation Of New Zealand

Author: Brian Easton
Publisher: Auckland University Press
ISBN: 1869407954
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The Commercialisation Of New Zealand from the Author: Brian Easton. The Commercialisation of New Zealand examines the origins, theory, history and politics of the dramatic change in economic policy in New Zealand, from Robert Muldoon's interventionalism to Roger Douglas's commercialisation. It is illustrated with case studies including broadcasting, cultural policy, education, environment and heritage, the system of government, health, the labour market and science.