Frank Sheldon Anthony’s oeuvre constitutes a modest yet authentic achievement, mainly in its wryly humorous fictional representations of the lives, tribulations, mentalities and idioms of struggling small-scale Taranaki dairy farmers in the years following the First World War. Best-known for his “Me and Gus” yarn sequence, he also wrote several novels, based on his own experiences either as a farmer, or, in earlier years, as a seaman on various merchant ships, or, during the First World War, on a Royal Navy destroyer. Some of his writings remained in manuscript during his lifetime, and have since either been published posthumously, or not at all.

Anthony was, in one respect at least, fortunate, i…

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Ross, John C.. "Frank Sheldon Anthony". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 March 2015
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