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No Fretful Sleeper: A Life of Bill Pearson

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No Fretful Sleeper: A Life of Bill Pearson by Paul Millar
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'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 Greymouth in 1922, he grew up in a society dominated by a rugged ideal of New Zealand manhood; not an easy childhood or adolescence for an unusually sensitive boy who preferred intellectual pursuits to sports. He went to university and Dunedin Training College, then taught at Blackball School - a period from which he drew the material for his celebrated novel, Coal Flat. After serving in the Second World War 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 and lecturer, writer and editor. Bill Pearson's life is emblematic of vital elements in twentieth-century New Zealand society: intellectual culture, left-wing politics and the growing acceptance of homosexual identity and Maori and Pacific Island culture. Paul Millar has written a fascinating biography of a man sentenced by his times to a life of unwilling concealment - a man who yet became a courageous non-conformist, awake to the vulnerability of his society's freedoms.

Author Biography

Dr Paul Millar is a senior lecturer in the School of English, Film and Theatre at Victoria University of Wellington. He has published five books and a number of articles on the poetry of James K Baxter. Paul Millar received a Copyright Licensing Limited Writers Award in 2003 to complete No Fretful Sleeper.
Release date Australia
January 1st, 2010
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Country of Publication
New Zealand
Illustrations
80 b&w illustrations
Imprint
Auckland University Press
Dimensions
172x240x27
ISBN-13
9781869404192
Product ID
2581123

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