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Looking for the Phoenix: A Memoir

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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ISBN 9781927131121
Published 28 January 2013 by Bridget Williams Books
Available in EPUB format
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Language en
Author(s) By Oliver, W. H.
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ISBN-13 9781927131121
ISBN-10 192713112X
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher Bridget Williams Books
Imprint Bridget Williams Books
Publication Date 28 January 2013
International Publication Date 1 January 2013
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format EPUB ebook – 1st edition
Edition 1st
Author(s) By Oliver, W. H.
Category History
Literature: History & Criticism
Poetry & Poets
Literature: Texts
Poetry Texts & Anthologies
Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: General
Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
World History
Social Sciences
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 1
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age Adults / General
Reading Age Adults / General
NBS Text Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 821.914
Catalogue Code 518948

Description of this Electronic Book

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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Author's Bio

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).

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