Keri Hulme was born on March 9, 1947 in Christchurch, New Zealand, to a mother of mixed Maori and Scots heritage and an English father. Her father died when Hulme was eleven. By that time, she had already demonstrated her potential as a writer, creating poems and short stories and rewriting published stories that she thought she could improve. To encourage her daughter (the eldest of six siblings), Hulme's mother converted a sun porch into a writing studio. When Hulme was eighteen, she had a dream about a mute, mysterious boy with long hair and green eyes. From this dream, she modeled...
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