The Book of Iris: A Life of Robin Hyde

Author(s): Derek Challis

New Zealand Literature | Biography

Longlisted, Montana New Zealand Book Awards, 2003 (Non-Fiction: Biography Section)

This extraordinary biography of Robin Hyde (Iris Wilkinson) has been in the making for forty years and it fills a major gap in our literary history. It is a gripping and profoundly moving story which includes appalling accounts of hidden pregnancies, experience as a solo mother, dependence on drugs, intimate acquaintance with sexism and poverty, mental breakdown, an extraordinary trip in China during the Sino-Japanese war. Hyde is revealed here, especially in her letters, as a feisty, witty, courageous woman rather than the languid and sentimental adolescent laughed at by contemporary male writers.


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781869402679
  • : Auckland University Press
  • : Auckland University Press
  • : December 2002
  • : 240mm X 170mm X 56mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Derek Challis
  • : Hardback
  • : near fine
  • : 800
  • : illustrations