In the Glass Case: Essays on New Zealand Literature

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Auckland University Press, Oct 1, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 294 pages
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Over a quarter of a century, C. K. Stead has built up a widely accessible collection of reviews and critical essays on New Zealand literature. In the Glass Case covers a wide spectrum of New Zealand writers, who are examined from a remarkably consistent viewpoint. The title is symbolic: New Zealand books were once held in a glass-fronted bookcase at the University of Auckland library. These were considered rare, although they are now out on the open shelves. Stead's views are often controversial and provoke discussion and passionate debate from other critics. This is not only an enlightening look into New Zealand literature and C. K. Stead, it is also a very enjoyable read.

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C. K. Stead is a critic, editor, poet, novelist, and educator from New Zealand. He was a professor of English at Auckland University. He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, short stories, novels and literary criticism. He received a New Zealand Book Award in Poetry in 1976 for Quesada and a New Zealand Book Award in Fiction for The Singing Whakapapa in 1995. He is the only person to have won the New Zealand Book Award for both poetry and fiction. He received a third place Goodman Fielder Wattie Book Award in 1972 for Smith's Dream and a Montana Prize in 2009 for Collected Poems 1951-2006. He also received the Jessie Mackay award, the King's Lynn Poetry prize, the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine, and the Sarah Broom prize. The National Library of New Zealand named C. K. Stead the 2015-2017 New Zealand Poet Laureate.

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