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This is an auction for LETTERS OF FRANK SARGESON, selected and edited by Sarah Shieff.

[This is the book on the left. FRANK SARGESON: A LIFE by Michael King is in a separate auction.]

"A rich and riveting record of both literary and social value. Frank Sargeson is one of New Zealand's best-loved and most important writers. Besides the ground-breaking short stories, he wrote memoirs, novels, and plays. He encouraged at least three generations of younger writers and, for most of his adult life, the famous bach behind the hedge at 14 Esmonde Road was at the heart of New Zealand's artistic and literary world. Sargeson was also a prolific letter writer, and this selection of 500 of the most fascinating ranges over half a century, from 1927 to 1981. The letters are immensely readable, vividly capturing his life and times, his milieu and his personality. Frank loved gossip, could be bitchy and peevish, but also kind, affectionate, funny, ribald, astute. This collection, selected, edited and annotated by Sarah Shieff, is a document of extraordinary significance for all those interested in New Zealand's literary and social history."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sarah Shieff is a senior lecturer in English in the School of Arts at the University of Waikato. She has a PhD in English, edits the Journal of New Zealand Literature, and has written Talking Music: Conversations with New Zealand Musicians, edited Speaking Frankly: The Frank Sargeson Memorial Lectures 2003-2010, contributed a chapter to Jewish Lives in New Zealand, and written numerous articles on New Zealand writing.

Hardback 2012.

631 pages.

Near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, 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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