Self evident

By Nelson Wattie In Books

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26th April, 2008
The case of CK Stead is a curious one. On one side of the scales is a prolific and extensive achievement in many literary genres, a major contribution to New Zealand literature and international criticism, and, on the other, an absence of popularity in certain quarters. Stead acknowledges this uncomfortable dichotomy himself. In a recent witty poem, he had the private man, loved by family and friends, encounter the abrasive public image and confessed that even the former dislikes the latter. In the present volume, he writes much of friendship, but also discusses a deeply hurtful incident ...

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