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Moss, C K Stead

Maurice Gee: Life and Work Rachel Barrowman Victoria University Press, $60.00 ISBN 9780864739926 When I was young, New Zealand fiction had three Maurices. Duggan (“Maurice”) was the maestro, Gee (“Moss”) the dependable tradesman, and Shadbolt (“Morrie”) the showman. The maestro…
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Footnote to Ron, Vincent O’Sullivan

Four Short Stories 1931-35 (with an afterword by Rachel Barrowman) R A K Mason The Holloway Press, $75.00, ISBN 0958231346 It is one of the several intriguing aspects of R A K Mason and – as a human trait, a…
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Forerunner or footnote? Kim Worthington

Mason: The Life of R A K Mason Rachel Barrowman Victoria University Press, $49.95, ISBN 0864734638 Many people will be familiar with the broad outline of the life of the man Allen Curnow called New Zealand’s “first wholly original, unmistakably…
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Purveying books, John Roberts

Landmarks in New Zealand Publishing: Blackwood and Janet Paul, 1945‑1968 Janet Paul and John Mansfield Thomson National Library Gallery, $13.50 ISBN 0477 027490 The Turnbull: A Library and its World  Rachel Barrowman Auckland University Press in association with the Historical…
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Light on a left-wing cultural movement, Erik Olssen

A Popular Vision: The Arts and the Left in New Zealand 1930-1950 Rachel Barrowman, Victoria University Press, 1991, $34.95 Rachel Barrowman has written a well-crafted study of ‘a left-wing cultural movement which was contemporaneous with, and in important ways related…
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Posted in Art, History, Non-fiction, Review
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