Looking for the Phoenix: A Memoir
Bill Oliver, a central figure in New Zealand's intellectual landscape, reflects on the decades of his own life, and the history that has shaped him.
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||28 January 2013 by Bridget Williams Books
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||By Oliver, W. H.
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W.H. Oliver, a central figure in New Zealand's intellectual landscape, reflects on the decades of his own life and the history that has shaped him.
The first editor of The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography and the author of The Story of New Zealand, Oliver tells of his Cornish upbringing, the influences of feminism, friendship and family, and his part in the key intellectual and historical debates of his time.
A wide-ranging account by a man who was poet, author and scholar, it is also perceptive, wry and sometimes painfully honest.
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Born in Feilding, W.H. Oliver graduated from Victoria University in 1951 and Oxford University in 1953. He lectured at Canterbury and Victoria (1954-63) and is Emeritus Professor of History at Massey University. Bill Oliver helped lay the foundations for current historical writing about this country with The Story of New Zealand published in 1960. His contribution to New Zealand history continued with The Oxford History of New Zealand (1981), co-edited with Bridget Williams. He was a consulting editor for the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, for which he was the General Editor from 1983 to 1990. Oliver helped to start, and edited for many years, the periodical Comment, which focused on social and political issues; and he wrote frequently for Landfall. He wrote Claims to the Waitangi Tribunal (Department of Justice, 1991), and has made submissions to the Tribunal on behalf of the Muriwhenua and Hauraki claimants. His publications include a biography of James K. Baxter and several volumes of poetry. Most recently, Bill Oliver published an autobiography Looking for the Phoenix (BWB, 2002) and Poems 1946-2005 (VUP, 2005).