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By Eric H. McCormick

ISBN-10: 1869407989

ISBN-13: 9781869407988

Eric McCormick used to be, from approximately 1940 until eventually his loss of life in 1995, one in all New Zealand's such a lot distinctive writers and students. He pioneered the appreciation and learn of the painter Francis Hodgkins, and he wrote a number of biographies. The autobiographical fragments gathered the following were edited to make a coherent quantity, tracing his origins in Taihape, to college and college in Wellington, to schoolteaching in Nelson, to Cambridge and during his wartime reports and function as editor of Centennial courses. It comprises his sensible observations of social behaviour, recorded with a dry wit.

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1945–47 Chief War Archivist. 1947–50 Senior Lecturer in English, Auckland University College. 1951–52 Senior Research Fellow, University of New Zealand. 1954 The Expatriate: A Study of Frances Hodgkins, New Zealand University Press, Wellington. Works of Frances Hodgkins in New Zealand, Auckland City Art Gallery. Catalogue introduction and notes for the exhibition Frances Hodgkins and Her Circle, ACAG. 1955–57 Travels to England to continue research on Frances Hodgkins and other interests; on return settles in bach attached to his sister Myra’s house in Green Bay, Auckland.

At this school I acquired not only lifelong preoccupations but also the basic skills of my literary calling. As far as I know, I learned to read and write without much trouble but otherwise got off to a bad start. I had barely settled into the primers when I caught cold at celebrations held in the Triangle to mark the crowning of King George and Queen Mary. The cold developed into tonsillitis, the first in a succession of illnesses that plagued me for years. But worse than the bouts of mumps, measles, chicken-pox, and whooping cough was the persecution I suffered from some of my schoolfellows.

Our art was exclusively — or almost exclusively — an art of the printing press. In its higher and more expensive forms it came to us through two dealers, both of whom found it prudent to combine the selling of pictures with the painting and papering of houses. Needham’s, the senior of the two establishments, was at the farther end of Hautapu Street toward the Three Stars theatre. I remember first peering into their window at scenes with Highland cattle and, utterly baffling to my literal mind, the picture of a blind-folded woman precariously seated on a globe.

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