Maurice Gee

Peter Beatson (Massey University)
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Maurice Gee is one of New Zealand's most significant living novelist, if “significance” is judged by the size, range, historical scope, thematic depth and consistent literary flair of an author's oeuvre. In a writing career spanning over half a century, he has currently produced 29 books of fiction for adults and children, as well as a number of TV series. His lifetime's achievement was recognised in 2003 when he was selected as Icon Artist by the New Zealand Arts Foundation, and in 2004 when he received the Prime Minister's Award for literary achievement. Overseas, his novel


was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, other recipients including E M Forster, Robert Graves, Graham Green and Salman Rushdie. At home, Gee is a household name to generations of children whose…

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Citation: Beatson, Peter. "Maurice Gee". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 February 2005; last revised 13 March 2006. [, accessed 19 April 2024.]

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