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No fretful sleeper : a life of Bill Pearson / Paul Millar.

By: Millar, Paul.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Auckland University Press, 2010Description: xi, 380 pages, [40] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781869404192 (pbk.); 186940419X (pbk.).Subject(s): Pearson, Bill, 1922- | Pearson, Bill, 1922-2002 | Authors, New Zealand -- 20th century -- BiographyDDC classification: z92 PEA
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.
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.
Acquisitions record. -Format: Paperback.
Awards: New Zealand Post Book Awards 2011 Non-Fiction Finalist.Subject: '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.
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Outlining the career of one of New Zealand's most distinguished fiction writers and sharpest critics, this fascinating narrative details the life and work of Bill Pearson. Beginning with his difficult childhood in a society dominated by the New Zealand working man, this gripping biography follows Pearson through his long and distinguished academic career, the penning of his one major and celebrated novel, and his momentous decision to trade a dental career for World War II combat. Touching on his time in London and the native "fretful sleepers," this engrossing account is emblematic of the intellectual culture, left-wing politics, and growing acceptance of both homosexual identity and Maori and Pacific Island culture in 20th-century New Zealand.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 360-366) and index.

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.

1. A Pattern of Mysterious Events and Places -- 2. A Strange Tribe: Family Life in Greymouth, 1913-1929 -- 3. A Good Boy: Primary School Years, 1929-1933 -- 4. A Solitary Boy: High School, 1934-1936 -- 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 -- 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 -- 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 -- 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 -- 25. Sleep Easy, Bill, from this Retiring Day: 1982-2003.

Acquisitions record. -Format: Paperback.

'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.

New Zealand Post Book Awards 2011 Non-Fiction Finalist.

New Zealand Post Book Awards 2011 - Finalist (General Non-Fiction)

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