George Chamier (1842-1915) wrote two New Zealand novels,

Philosopher Dick: Adventures and Contemplations of a New Zealand Shepherd

(1891) and its sequel,

A South-Sea Siren: A Novel Descriptive of New Zealand Life in the Early Days



which have been praised by Lawrence Jones as “what may be considered the best New Zealand novels of the nineteenth century” (“Chamier”,

Dictionary of New Zealand Biography,

II: 84). For Jones, they were two of only three novels written in that century about New Zealand settler life that provided sustained critical-realist views of it, the third being Sigurd Wiśniowski’s

Tikera; or, Children of the Queen of Oceania,

published in Polish in 1877, yet not in an English translation until 1972 (“The Novel” 128). Chamier’s two novels are…

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