Robin Hyde, journalist, poet, novelist, war correspondent (from China, in 1938) and committed political figure, was central to the movements and debates of a volatile period in New Zealand society. As a writer Hyde was not afraid to draw on her own experience of the dangers of new-found freedoms for women. This first critical study of the diverse writings of Robin Hyde includes new information on her life and work and studies that enlarge our understanding of a courageous yet vulnerable figure and the vitality, richness and wit of her writing.
Mary Edmond-Paul. has previously edited two anthologies (one of poetry and one of prose) and published Her Side of the Story (1999), which explored the importance of reading three women writers in terms of the material culture of which their work was part.