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Obituary — Harry Orsman

Harry Orsman (1928 – 2002) In his fine eulogy at Harry Orsman’s funeral, Stuart Johnston considered the meanings we might take from “character”. He unravelled the word so that it extended far beyond the way we usually use it, and

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Naughty bits, A K Grant

A Dictionary of Modern New Zealand Slang  ed Harry Orsman Oxford University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0 19 558408 2 Harry Orsman achieved semi-divine status among New Zealand scholars with the publication of his highly-acclaimed Dictionary of New Zealand English. But I

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Amidst the bric-à-brac, Harvey McQueen

Writing a New Country:  A collection of essays presented to E H McCormick in his 88th year James Ross, Linda Gill and Stuart McRae (eds), privately published, James Ross, 495 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland Of Pavlova, Poetry and Paradigms:

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A wealth of incident and language, Harry Orsman

A Fence around the Cuckoo  Ruth Park, Viking, $49.95 Ruth Park’s success has come as a surprise to many New Zealanders, and raises questions about how we regard our expatriate writers, or rather how we define them. She counts as

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Engaging antics while dusting the general store, Harry Orsman

Shame and Disgrace: A History of Lost Scandals in New Zealand Tony Simpson, Penguin Books, Auckland, 1992, $29.95 Open 7 Days: a celebration of the New Zealand general store Don Donovan, Random Century, Auckland, 1992, $34.95 Tony Simpson writes interesting social

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