Collected Stories: 1935-1963 - Frank Sargeson (First Edition)
Collected Stories: 1935-1963 - Frank Sargeson (First Edition)
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RANK SARGESON holds a unique place in New Zealand literature. His stories define a recognizable world, with no less emphasis (and subtlety) than Katherine Mansfield's, yet with all the differences of his own art, his later generation and his chosen area of experience, Sargeson is-Sargeson. It is nearly thirty years since his first volume revealed a native freshness and clarity which New Zea-land fiction had lacked. Here, and in the work which followed, were the marks of an individual style, quality, also which quickly caught the attention of discriminating readers abroad as well as in New Zealand.
Through John Lehmann's Penguin New Writing and other English periodicals, Sargeson gained an audience in England and the Commonwealth. The French edition of That Summer (1946), and other translations appearing in Denmark, Holland and Italy, constituted an introduction, at least, to Europe.


Here are collected for the first time all of the stories, many of them long unobtainable, except a handful that the author does not wish to reprint. It is thus possible to trace the development of his art in this form. It has never ceased to interest him, although in recent years he has been occupied with work conceived on a larger scale: a new novel is soon to be published in England, while two of his full-length plays also to be published soon-have had performances in Auckland.


These stories have much to tell of New Zealand life in the first half of our century. New Zealand has been, for this writer, the mirror in which he has ob-served, with notable humanity and insight, the situation in which all of us are involved everywhere-life's comedy and tragedy, in particular the tragedy of loneliness. It is likely that this is the light in which his achievements will eventually be judged.


Bill Pearson's illuminating introduction does full justice to his author's significance in the literature of the country. As editor, he has removed the errors that marred two of the previous collections, and in full consultation with the author, has ensured an accurate and definitive text.


Please note this copy has some splits and some tears in the dust jacket and some discolouration on the pages due to age. The inside dust wrapper has not been clipped. This copy is a first edition. 

ISBN: n/a

Size: Hardcover, 631 pages

Publisher: Blackwood & Janet Paul 

Published: 1964