Stevan Eldred-Grigg's (1952-) writing spans the uneasy divide between history and literature. Always provocative, his publications have tended to polarise opinion. Despite his considerable contribution to New Zealand letters, he is a figure who has never been accepted with equanimity by professional historians and literary critics.

Eldred-Grigg was born in the Grey Valley on the West Coast of New Zealand, but was raised in suburban Christchurch by a mother with a working class background and a father who was part of an established and prosperous Canterbury farming family. This dual background has informed most of Eldred-Grigg's work, which has been almost exclusively based around historical and literary investigations into the New Zealand working class and gentry during both the nineteenth

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Citation: Smithies, James. "Stevan Eldred-Grigg". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 April 2006 [, accessed 14 April 2024.]

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