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This is an auction for REX FAIRBURN: WALKING ON MY FEET, by James & Helen McNeish.

“This is an informal, unorthodox and highly diverting biography of the major New Zealand poet, wit and social commentator, Rex Fairburn (1904-57). James and Helen McNeish have crafted a lively portrait of this exuberant Aucklander through the careful but inspired juxtaposition of oral, visual and written material. The resulting picture is of a man larger than life, set against a kaleidoscope of events, some laughable, some serious, drawn from an era of importance in New Zealand's social and cultural history. This biography ensures that the man, the era and the generation he represents, will never be lost. The book is enhanced by the illustrative material the biographers have assembled: sketches, portraits and paintings by professionals in Fairburn's circle and by the writer himself; reproductions from many of the flamboyantly presented satires Fairburn had published by the small presses of the Thirties and Forties; doodles, limericks, drawings and photographs from family albums, friends files and the archives of various New Zealand institutions.”

Large format hardback 1983.

236 pages.

Illustrations throughout.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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