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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 wrote mostly very slowly and with difficulty; the tradesman was more fluent and produced new work with what appeared to be near regularity; the showman was always ahead of the pack, prolific and catching the public eye, but was felt by some to be a bit of a sham. All three were in varying degrees neurotic – to be a writer in the 1950s, you had to be.

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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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