Sir Keith Sinclair, (born Dec. 5, 1922, Auckland, N.Z.--died June 20, 1993, Canada), poet, historian, and educator noted for his histories of New Zealand.Sinclair's education at Auckland University College (until 1957 a college of the University of New Zealand; thereafter University of Auckland) was interrupted by army and navy service during World War II. He taught at his alma mater from 1947 to 1987, receiving a Ph.D. in 1954 and becoming professor of history in 1963. He was knighted in 1985.His first volume of verse, Songs for a Summer and Other Poems (1952), was followed by Strangers or Beasts:..
Douglas Stewart, in full Douglas Alexander Stewart, (born May 6, 1913, Eltham, N.Z.--died Feb. 14, 1985, Sydney, Australia), poet, playwright, and critic who helped establish an Australian national tradition through mythical re-creation of the past in his plays.Stewart studied at Victoria University College but left to take up journalism. He later traveled to London to find work in journalism, but without success. Returning to Australia in 1938, he was editor of the "Red Page" literary section in The Bulletin, Sydney's influential newspaper, from 1940 to 1961. Thereafter he worked as..
Patricia Grace, original name Patricia Frances Gunson, (born Aug. 17, 1937, Wellington, N.Z.), New Zealand writer who was a foundational figure in the rise and development of Maori fiction. Her work has been acclaimed for its depiction of Maori culture in general as well as Maori diversity, and she helped give a voice to her culture and to reveal to the larger world what it means to be Maori.Born to a Maori father and a European mother, Grace identified herself as Maori and was affiliated with the Ngati Toa, Ngati Raukawa, and Te Ati Awa iwi (clans). She attended Wellington Teachers' Training College..
Frank Sargeson, original name Norris Frank Davey, (born March 23, 1903, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand--died March 1, 1982, Auckland), novelist and short-story writer whose ironic, stylistically diverse works made him the most widely known New Zealand literary figure of his day.Davey was born into a conservative Methodist family. His father was a businessman who eventually became the town clerk. Davey studied the law and won admission as a solicitor (1926). After a tour of Europe and a period in London (1927-28), he worked as a clerk at the office of the Public Trust in Wellington, New Zealand...