The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature


The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature, edited by Roger Robinson and Nelson Wattie. Oxford University Press, 1998.


This masterpiece of lively literary research is the definitive guide to New Zealand's vigorous and varied literature, from traditional Maori oral forms to best-selling novels of the 1990s. Here are the best short accounts of Katherine Mansfield (The Doll's House) and Janet Frame (Angel at My Table), Witi Ihimaera (The Whale Rider) and Keri Hulme (Booker-winning The Bone People). Here, too, are surprise entries, like Neil Finn of Split Enz, and the writers of TV soap operas, wartime Britain's loved Itma radio show, and early childhood books that have taught millions of Americans to read. It's big (600 double-column pages) but friendly to handle and read, with a beautiful New Zealand landscape art work on the cover.

"This splendid compilation surpasses all other guides to New Zealand literature...of consistently high standard, it is an extraordinary achievement. Most highly recommended". ("Choice")

Roger Robinson edited the Oxford Companion, and wrote many of the individual entries. Many have become the standard reference source, and the entries on recent writers forms the basis of the New Zealand Book Council's website (

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