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Shelf life : reviews, replies and reminiscences / C.K. Stead.

By: Stead, C. K. (Christian Karlson), 1932- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Auckland : Auckland University Press, 2016Description: 446 pages ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781869408497.Subject(s): New Zealand literature -- History and criticism | English literature -- History and criticismDDC classification: NZ823.2 Summary: "Every morning for the last thirty years, C. K. Stead has written fiction and poetry. Shelf Life collects the best of his afternoon work: reviews and essays, letters and diaries, lectures and opinion pieces. In this latest collection, a sequel to the successful Answering to the Language, The Writer at Work, and Book Self, Stead takes the reader through nine essays in 'the Mansfield file', collects works of criticism and review in 'book talk', writes in the 'first person' about everything from David Bain to Parnell, and finally offers some recent reflections on poetic laurels from his time as New Zealand poet laureate. Throughout, this is vintage Stead: clear, direct, intelligent, decisive, personal."--Publisher information.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

The best of C. K. Stead's 'afternoon work': reviews and essays, interviews and diaries, lectures and opinion pieces. Every morning for the last thirty years, C. K. Stead has written fiction and poetry. Shelf Life collects the best of his afternoon work: reviews and essays, interviews and diaries, lectures and opinion pieces. In this latest collection, a sequel to the successful Answering to the Language, The Writer at Work, and Book Self, Stead takes the reader through nine essays in 'the Mansfield file', collects works of criticism and review in 'book talk', writes in the 'first person' about everything from David Bain to Parnell, and finally offers some recent reflections on poetic laurels from his time as New Zealand poet laureate. Throughout, Stead is vintage Stead: clear, direct, intelligent, decisive, personal.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

"Every morning for the last thirty years, C. K. Stead has written fiction and poetry. Shelf Life collects the best of his afternoon work: reviews and essays, letters and diaries, lectures and opinion pieces. In this latest collection, a sequel to the successful Answering to the Language, The Writer at Work, and Book Self, Stead takes the reader through nine essays in 'the Mansfield file', collects works of criticism and review in 'book talk', writes in the 'first person' about everything from David Bain to Parnell, and finally offers some recent reflections on poetic laurels from his time as New Zealand poet laureate. Throughout, this is vintage Stead: clear, direct, intelligent, decisive, personal."--Publisher information.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction: Afternoon Work (p. 1)
  • 1 The Mansfield File
  • Meetings with 'The Great Ghost' (p. 11)
  • Katherine Mansfield and the Fictions of Continental Europe (p. 29)
  • First Person as Third Person: Mansfield's Married Man (p. 49)
  • Tom & Viv and Murry & Mansfield (p. 68)
  • A Note on Larkin on Mansfield (p. 84)
  • Janet Bites the Hand... (p. 89)
  • Margaret Scott, 1928-2014 (p. 101)
  • Some Railway Journeys in New Zealand Literature (p. 104)
  • The Murry-Mansfield Muddle (p. 115)
  • 2 Book Talk: Sixteen Reviews
  • An Important Modern Critic (p. 121)
  • Kiwi Kevin (p. 125)
  • Roddick is Back - A Celebration (p. 134)
  • Virginia Woolf's Nightmare? (p. 139)
  • Colm Tóibin's Mary (p. 142)
  • Not Part of the Entertainment Industry (p. 145)
  • Golding's Booker (p. 148)
  • Author Obsession:
  • 1 Frank and Janet - Fictioned Again (p. 155)
  • 2 The Author as Monster (p. 158)
  • The Man who Wished to be Other (p. 163)
  • 'Moss' (p. 170)
  • 'Sleeplessness, disquiet, ardour' - Zbigniew Herbert's Grand Claim (p. 178)
  • T.S.Eliot as Letter-writer (p. 188)
  • The Trophy Husband (p. 194)
  • The Sky is Falling (p. 198)
  • Drawn to the Green Light (p. 202)
  • 3 First Person
  • My First Book/s (p. 209)
  • Comprehensive: The Lawrence Jones Interview (p. 213)
  • My Parnell (p. 244)
  • Dear Chris (p. 249)
  • One Thing Leads to Another (p. 254)
  • Sylvia and her Editor (p. 273)
  • Why Catullus? (p. 287)
  • Poetry: Formalists and Freedom Fighters (p. 292)
  • Small Talk Questions (p. 296)
  • The Case of David Bain (p. 302)
  • A Talented Transient (p. 308)
  • The Takahe Interview (p. 312)
  • World War I - Close Up from a Distance (p. 324)
  • Hawke's Bay Answers (p. 339)
  • At the Molino a Sesta, Gaiole, in Chianti (p. 343)
  • 'Yes T.S.' (p. 357)
  • What's Going On Here? (p. 360)
  • Twelve Questions (p. 367)
  • Only Connect... (p. 370)
  • 4 The Laureate Reflects
  • Allen Curnow - 'Poet Laureate'? (p. 381)
  • Irish Poets and Poetry (p. 389)
  • Ezra Pound: One to Be Reckoned With (p. 398)
  • 'Taddeo Grande' - Ted Hughes (p. 410)
  • W.B., T.S- and W.H. - 'Our clients at least can rune' (p. 420)
  • Big Spender and Little Matthew (p. 429)
  • Index (p. 437)