Review of Springtime in Taranaki: An Autobiography of Youth by Douglas Stewart
If a man throws a brick through your window, wrote an English critic some years ago, then you are entitled to sally forth and discover something about him. The critic, of course, was talking about the effect a poet could have on us: a critic or a biographer had a right to probe. Sometimes the poet may do the job for us- and possibly a better job, for his memories are his own, and an autobiography may reveal more than any patient researcher can uncover. And that is true of Douglas Stewart's Springtime in Taranaki.
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