A Journey with Pioneer New Zealand Writers
published by Auckland University Press 2004
From the back cover:-
This book about twenty nineteenth-century New Zealand writers presents in human terms what it meant to be a writer in a strange new land. Unexpected people took to the pen; travellers recorded their adventures; soldiers, judges, civil servants burst into print. The writers include Joel Polack, William Colenso, Edward Jerningham Wakefield, Frederick Maning, John Logan Campbell, Samuel Butler, Lady Barker, and end with Blanche Baughan and Jessie Mackay.
AUP online description
“With apparent effortlessness and a refreshing lack of seriousness, this book about nineteenth-century writers in New Zealand presents in human terms what it meant to be a writer in a strange new land, and covers in a most palatable way a good deal of nineteenth-century social, political and literary history….”
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What the reviews said about Writers in Residence
"Jones gives us a series of versions of what the Australian novelist Gerald Murnane would call ‘the breathing author’. She lets us see these writers as human beings, and thereby opens up their work in an entirely new way….
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“Jenny Jones, in a readable and refreshingly non-judgemental study, gives vivid life to some of the intellectual shapers of colonial New Zealand… Jones’ pioneers are the writers who come at the beginning of literary activity in this country”
“Jones is an exhaustive researcher, but her light touch, obvious enjoyment of her subject, and eye for amusing detail lift these figures off the page and into our imaginations.”
“As Jenny Robin Jones shows in her uneven, entertaining and anecdotal book, New Zealand could never have been merely an idealized reflection of the Empire. Writers in Residence emphasizes the crucial role of the Maori in fostering an indigenous literary tradition (although Jones can barely stifle a yawn over Domett’s magnum opus, Ranolf and Amohia, inspired by Maori mythology).”
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“..a lively and thoroughly readable account of the emergence of New Zealand literature set against a backdrop of missionary infighting, epic bush and coastal journeys, wide-ranging exchanges with Maori, the rigours of settlement and lengthy lines of contact with northern hemisphere culture. By tracing the lives of her subjects in conjunction with their writings, Jenny Robin Jones has provided an important link in the chain of knowledge about New Zealand writers and writing.
“I hope this monograph can be thoroughly indexed in the National Library’s Index New Zealand (INNZ) so that secondary school level students and other curious researchers can discover insights into the extraordinary people presented in Writers in Residence.”
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List of New Zealand’s first writers covered in Writers in Residence:
John Nicholas, Samuel Marsden, Thomas Kendall, Joel Polack, William Colenso, Edward Jerningham Wakefield, F E Maning, John Logan Campbell, Alfred Domett, Samuel Butler, Lady Barker, John Barr, Thomas Bracken, Alexander Bathgate and Vincent Pyke, William Jackson Barry, Edward Tregear, William Pember Reeves, Jessie Mackay and Blanche Baughan.