Lauris Edmond is currently out of print.
Lauris Edmond completed her remarkable three-volume autobiography in the early 1990s. It tells the story of a Hawke’s Bay childhood in an unconventional home, her student days in wartime Wellington, and the years raising a family and teaching throughout New Zealand.
The story then moves back to Wellington, where Edmond settles and launches a ‘second life’ as an acclaimed poet and writer. An Autobiography remains one of the great accounts of a New Zealand writer’s life and her writing, and a tribute to one whose gift it was to ‘make the ordinary shine’ in both poetry and prose.
Table of contents
Part One: Hot October
Part Two: Bonfires in the Rain
Part Three: The Quick World
Afterword: Only Connect
Read Anne French's review in New Zealand Books.
'Lauris Edmond is now an internationally known recorder of New Zealand experience. This penetrating narrative, with its grace, clarity, sensitivity and stark honesty, is the equal of her finest poems. We are immeasurably in her debt.' New Zealand Books
'Make no mistake, this is autobiography at its very best, very evocation of period, written with real appreciation of the craftsmanship of writing, and very frank indeed.' Otago Daily Times
'The prose and the poetry together amount to a major work of identity construction, related to and just as deliberate as James K. Baxter’s or Janet Frame’s in this country’s literature.’ K. O. Arvidson
'Future generations will be grateful Edmond set her life down; apart from its literary merit, it is an important historical document.' New Zealand Listener