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Classics listBlanche Baughan   Selected Writings
Edited with an introduction by Damian Love
RRP NZ$29.99
ISBN 978-0-473-30943-5
176 pp, poetry, fiction, nonfiction
Paperback, 198 x 129 mm
Date of publication: March 2015
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Blanche Baughan (1870–1958) was one of our most spirited literary pioneers. This selection of her works includes her most enduringly popular poems, which were among the first by any New Zealander to break through Victorian conventions and engage vividly with the new country. A range of the best verse from all her significant collections rounds out a portrait of her poetic career. This is coupled here with a generous selection of her prose writings. In her Brown Bread stories, Baughan sought to sketch some of the rapidly vanishing features of a young colonial world in transition. In her popular series of tramping essays she gave lively and detailed accounts of some of New Zealand’s most spectacular landscapes. And in People in Prison she introduces us to some of the prison inmates she befriended, presenting their cases as a damning indictment of the nation’s retrograde penal system.

Blanche Baughan is one of the earliest New Zealand writers to have received a share of critical attention and an established place in anthologies. This Selected Writings is the first edition to bring together the diverse facets of her career and will serve as the standard introduction.


Book list ManderJane Mander   The Passionate Puritan
Edited with an introduction by Damian Love
RRP NZ$29.99
ISBN 978-0-473-26979-1
224 pp novel
Paperback, 198 x 129 mm
Date of publication: 1 September 2014
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Jointly published by Erewhon Press and
University of Otago Department of English

Jane Mander (1877–1949) was New Zealand’s first significant novelist. Her first book The Story of a New Zealand River (thought by many to have inspired Jane Campion’s film The Piano) is one of our best-loved minor classics. Her other widely read novel, Allen Adair, was the last of her four works of fiction set in New Zealand.

The Passionate Puritan, set in 1912, follows young teacher Sidney Carey to an isolated kauri-milling community in the far north. She discovers romance there, but will she be able to overcome her puritan upbringing and seize the opportunity? Jane Mander’s second novel is a light-hearted love story with a serious undercurrent: she probes the conventions that limit women in the early twentieth century, and explores her hopes for the future of pioneer values in the building of the nation. Her strongest gift as a writer – her ability to convey the texture of Northland life in solid realistic detail – emerges in this vivid portrayal of the Puhipuhi in the days of the old timber industry.

First published in 1921, The Passionate Puritan comes back into print for the first time, in a new edition with an introduction outlining Mander’s life and discussing the social themes that animate the novel. A bibliography of Mander’s works and of critical writings about them is also included.