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Raw surfaces of a mind, Elizabeth Smither

Your Unselfish Kindness: Robin Hyde’s Autobiographical Writings Mary Edmond-Paul (ed) Otago University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781877578212   It’s natural in a densely-packed book to look at the photographs first. Robin Hyde was intensely interested in houses and rooms and their…
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Hyde and seek, Timothy G Jones

Lighted Windows: Critical Essays on Robin Hyde  Mary Edmond-Paul (ed) Otago University Press, $40.00,  ISBN 978877372582  Robin Hyde’s 1938 essay “The Singers of Loneliness”, published out of Shanghai in the T’ien Hsia Monthly, gives an account of the New Zealand…
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Missing Iris, Jane Stafford

The Book of Iris: A Life of Robin Hyde Derek Challis and Gloria Rawlinson Auckland University Press, $69.95, ISBN 1869402677 Often the genesis of a biography is as interesting as the work itself. Robin Hyde died in 1939 in London…
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Refreshing the text, Jan Cronin

Her Side of the Story: Readings of Mander, Mansfield, & Hyde Mary Paul Otago University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 877133 71 X,   One of the many problems of Mary Paul’s Her Side of the Story: Readings of Mander, Mansfield,…
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Robust, brilliant, rather difficult, Heather Roberts

Disputed Ground, Robin Hyde, Journalist Gillian Boddy and Jacqueline Matthews (eds), Victoria University Press, $34.95 A book of selected journalism seems an unlikely place to make a serious assessment of a writer. Journalism is regarded as ephemeral, lost in musty…
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