Author(s): Sarah Shieff (ed.)
Frank Sargeson wrote novels, memoirs and plays and was New Zealand's most important writer of short fiction following the death of Katherine Mansfield. He also encouraged numerous other writers, playing an invaluable role in the rise of our national literature, which he championed both at home and abroad. He was also a prolific letter writer, and this selection of the 500 most fascinating range over numerous topics, capturing his times, his milieu, his preoccupations and life. He loved gossip, could be bitchy and sharp, affectionate, insightful and astute. Furthermore, his sexuality and unorthodox lifestyle provide a unique insight into our recent social history. The letters have been edited and annotated by academic Sarah Shieff. This is a rich and riveting record of both literary and social value for New Zealand
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 published the book Talking Music: Conversations with New Zealand Musicians (AUP 2002) as well as numerous articles on New Zealand writing. She brings together and impeccable academic training, a background in research and a wide knowledge of New Zealand literature.