Conversation in a train and other critical writing

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Auckland University Press, 1983 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 220 pages
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About the author (1983)

Frank Sargeson won international recognition as a writer whose work reflects a strong New Zealand sensibility. Born and raised in Hamilton, he trained as a lawyer. Seeking to escape the puritanical restraints of his family, he traveled to England but returned two years later, in 1928. Sargeson's first book, Conversation with My Uncle and Other Sketches, appeared in 1936. The writer continued to publish throughout his life, including novels and plays, as well as autobiography and criticism, but his short stories remain his major accomplishment. The fact that much of his work is out of print may suggest the changing fashions in literary tastes. Still, Sargeson is an important figure in New Zealand literature. Contemporary criticism tends to see his work not merely as a realistic depiction of New Zealand life but as a fictional process preoccupied with identity: "gender identity, national identity, economic identity, social identity, and cultural identity," in the words of Lydia Wevers.

Cunningham studied journalism and history at the University of Illinois at Urbana.