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No fretful sleeper : a life of Bill Pearson, Paul Millar

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No fretful sleeper : a life of Bill Pearson
Title
No fretful sleeper
Title remainder
a life of Bill Pearson
Statement of responsibility
Paul Millar
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
'There is no place in normal New Zealand society for the man who is different', wrote William Harrison (Bill) Pearson. One of New Zealand's most distinguished fiction writers and sharpest critics, Pearson's life was also fraught with contradiction and secrecy, largely because of his homosexuality. Born in a small town in 1922, he grew up in a society dominated by a rugged ideal of manhood; not easy for a sensitive boy who preferred intellectual pursuits to sports. He went to university and teachers' training college, then taught at the tiny Black-ball School, a period from which he drew the material for his celebrated novel, Coal Flat. After serving in WW2, he received his PhD from the University of London - where distance gave him a clear critical perspective on this country of 'fretful sleepers' - then returned to New Zealand as a scholar, editor and lecturer. Pearson's life is emblematic of vital elements, and conflicts, in 20th-century New Zealand society: intellectual culture, left-wing politics and the growing acceptance of homosexual identity and Maori and Pacific Island culture
Awards note
New Zealand Post Book Awards 2011 Non-Fiction Finalist.
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
NZNB
Dewey number
z92 PEA
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
No fretful sleeper : a life of Bill Pearson, Paul Millar
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No fretful sleeper : a life of Bill Pearson, Paul Millar
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 360-366) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • A Pattern of Mysterious Events and Places -- A Strange Tribe: Family Life in Greymouth, 1913-1929 -- A Good Boy: Primary School Years, 1929-1933 -- A Solitary Boy: High School, 1934-1936 -- Toeing the Line: Greymouth, 1936-1937 -- Three Things Happened: Greymouth, 1938 -- A Farewell to Childhood: Christchurch, 1939 -- Teachers' Training College: Dunedin, 1940-1941 -- A Lasting Impression: Blackball, 1942 -- A Chance to Get his Bearings: New Zealand and Fiji, 1942-1945 -- No More Illusions: Egypt and Italy, 1945-1946 -- Living down his Past: Japan and New Zealand, 1946-1947 -- A Changed Man to a Changed New Zealand: Christchurch, 1947-1948 -- In Two Minds: Oxford, 1949 -- A Good Deal of Variety: London Activities, 1949-1954 -- Freedom from all the Kiwi Obsessions: Critical Writing and New Zealand Friends, 1949-1954 -- A Labour of Love: Writing Coal Flat in London, 1950-1954 -- A Demoralising Job: The University of Auckland English Department, I954-I963 -- Left-wingers and Communists: Politics, Culture and Family, 1954-1963 -- A Tremendous Relief: The Auckland University Māori Club, 1956-1963 -- A Kind of Amputation: Publishing Coal Flat, 1954-1963 -- A Great Packet of Love: Frank Sargeson and London Leave, 1963-1965 -- A Rock against which I Could Sometimes Gash Myself Auckland and Canberra, 1965-1970 -- Wearing Half his Heart on his Sleeve: 1970-1982 -- Sleep Easy, Bill, from this Retiring Day: 1982-2003
  • 5.
  • Toeing the Line: Greymouth, 1936-1937
  • 6.
  • Three Things Happened: Greymouth, 1938
  • 7.
  • A Farewell to Childhood: Christchurch, 1939
  • 8.
  • Teachers' Training College: Dunedin, 1940-1941
  • 9.
  • A Lasting Impression: Blackball, 1942
  • 1.
  • 10.
  • A Chance to Get his Bearings: New Zealand and Fiji, 1942-1945
  • 11.
  • No More Illusions: Egypt and Italy, 1945-1946
  • 12.
  • Living down his Past: Japan and New Zealand, 1946-1947
  • 13.
  • A Changed Man to a Changed New Zealand: Christchurch, 1947-1948
  • 14.
  • In Two Minds: Oxford, 1949
  • A Pattern of Mysterious Events and Places
  • 15.
  • A Good Deal of Variety: London Activities, 1949-1954
  • 16.
  • Freedom from all the Kiwi Obsessions: Critical Writing and New Zealand Friends, 1949-1954
  • 17.
  • A Labour of Love: Writing Coal Flat in London, 1950-1954
  • 18.
  • A Demoralising Job: The University of Auckland English Department, I954-I963
  • 19.
  • Left-wingers and Communists: Politics, Culture and Family, 1954-1963
  • 2.
  • 20.
  • A Tremendous Relief: The Auckland University Māori Club, 1956-1963
  • 21.
  • A Kind of Amputation: Publishing Coal Flat, 1954-1963
  • 22.
  • A Great Packet of Love: Frank Sargeson and London Leave, 1963-1965
  • 23.
  • A Rock against which I Could Sometimes Gash Myself Auckland and Canberra, 1965-1970
  • 24.
  • Wearing Half his Heart on his Sleeve: 1970-1982
  • A Strange Tribe: Family Life in Greymouth, 1913-1929
  • 25.
  • Sleep Easy, Bill, from this Retiring Day: 1982-2003
  • 3.
  • A Good Boy: Primary School Years, 1929-1933
  • 4.
  • A Solitary Boy: High School, 1934-1936
  • Acquisitions record. -Format: Paperback
Control code
12614100
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24 cm.
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Extent
xi, 380 pages, [40] pages of plates
Isbn
9781869404192
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
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Note
New Zealand Post Book Awards 2011 - Finalist (General Non-Fiction)
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) MA183182
  • (NLNZils)1363161
  • (Nz)12614100
  • (OCoLC)276664950

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