Shortlisted for the 2004 Montana NZ Book Awards Biography Section.
In this critical biography of the Australian-born, New Zealand writer G B Lancaster (Edith Lyttleton) Terry Sturm gives a fascinating account of the harsh experience of a gifted woman writer forced to earn her own living but struggling to move beyond the limits of potboilers to more serious work. Lyttleton wrote over a dozen novels and some 250 short stories in the first half of the twentieth century, mostly narratives of romance and adventure set in the remote back country of New Zealand, Australia and Canada. She was, at that time, New Zealand's most widely read author in America, Europe and Australia, reaching millions of readers. She topped bestseller lists in the United States for six months in 1933 and was awarded the Australian Gold Medal for Literature in the same year.
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Shortlisted for Montana Book Awards 2004.
Terry Sturm is professor of English at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and a leading critic and scholar of New Zealand and Australian writing. He edited The Oxford History of New Zealand Literature (1991, 1998) and was chairman of the New Zealand Literary Fund Advisory Committee and later the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council's Literature committee.
Part one Beginnings, Tasmania and New Zealand 1873-1909: chapter one - forebears; chapter two - life at Rokeby; chapter three - the emergence of the writer; chapter four - the early fiction. Part two The middle years, London, 1909-1925: chapter five - on starting again, London via Canada, 1909-1913; chapter six - literary London 1910-14, makeweight years in the magazine market; chapter seven - the war years, 1914-18; chapter eight - London (and Canada) 1919-25, professionalism and its discontents. Part three The later years,wandering 1926-1945: chapter nine - starting again, 1926-32; chapter ten - pageant and its publishers, 1933; chapter eleven - return to New Zealand and Australia, 1933-38; chapter twelve - Nova Scotia, Norway and England, 1938-43; chapter thirteen - last words, Grand Parade 1943; chapter fourteen - last months.