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Anthony Holcroft

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(1932–), New Zealand writer for children. Born at Christchurch and educated at Canterbury University, Holcroft has taught in rural schools and balances his time between writing and running ...

Holcroft, Anthony

Holcroft, Anthony   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
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142 words

..., Anthony ( 1932 –), New Zealand writer for children. Born at Christchurch and educated at Canterbury University, Holcroft has taught in rural schools and balances his time between writing and running an orchard in Rangiora. His short stories, often structured from traditional folklore and incorporating otherworldly and magical forces, stress themes of conservation, the destructiveness of greed, and the redemption of love. George MacDonald , Eleanor Farjeon , and Walter de la Mare are powerful influences. Holcroft's best-known collections are Tales...

Holcroft, Anthony

Holcroft, Anthony   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature

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Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature
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222 words

..., Anthony (1932– ), writer of children's fiction, was born in Christchurch, son of M. H. Holcroft , and educated at Southland BHS and Canterbury University. He taught at rural schools, worked on farms and now, while also writing, runs an orchard near Rangiora. His masterly short stories take their structure from traditional folklore and reflect his fascination with energies or spirits in the landscape, often of New Zealand. In practical yet poetic and mystical ways they embody three recurring themes: the need for conservation, the destructive nature of...

Anthony Holcroft

Anthony Holcroft  

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(1932–), New Zealand writer for children. Born at Christchurch and educated at Canterbury University, Holcroft has taught in rural schools and balances his time between writing and running an orchard ...
John Summers

John Summers  

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Literature
(1916–93)was a bookman, poet, fiction writer, memoirist and reviewer, whose Christchurch second-hand bookshop was for a quarter of a century a literary meeting-place. His immersion in literature came ...
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Sun  

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Was a Christchurch and Auckland newspaper, 1914–34, which devoted special attention to literature. Writing in 1935, Pat Lawlor claimed that ‘the pivot of its enterprise, its literary staff, was ...
Charles A. Marris

Charles A. Marris  

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(1874–1947),journalist, edited a number of literary periodicals and anthologies. Although Allen Curnow's anthology A Book of New Zealand Verse 1923–45 is generally recognised as marking the dawn of a ...
Children's Pages

Children's Pages  

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Literature
Of newspapers were, Robin Hyde said, ‘one of the most creditable features of journalism in this country’. When books for the young were not widely available, early exposure to writing ...
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener  

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Literature
Has made a unique contribution to literary life since its first issue on 30 June 1939. It need not have been thus. Established as a weekly magazine by the then ...
(Mary) Ursula Bethell

(Mary) Ursula Bethell  

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(1874–1945),New Zealand poet, born in Rangiora near Christchurch, educated at schools in Oxford and Geneva. From 1890 until 1908 Bethell worked with the poor and underprivileged as a member ...
Warren, William the elder

Warren, William the elder (1767–1832)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
247 words

...them in 1820 Edwin Forrest made his first appearance, playing Young Norval in Home 's Douglas . Warren was a fine actor of the old school, among his best parts being Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night , Sir Anthony Absolute and Sir Peter Teazle in Sheridan 's The Rivals and The School for Scandal , and Old Dornton in Holcroft 's The Road to Ruin . He retired in 1829 , making a final farewell appearance the year before his death. In 1806 he married as his second wife the actress Mrs Merry , and after her death two years later married...

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