Other Literary Forms

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Frank Sargeson, who wrote only two plays, both in the early 1960’s, is much better known as a writer of short stories and novels, some of which—notably When the Wind Blows (1945) and I Saw in My Dream (1949)—are strongly autobiographical. His first book of short stories, Conversation with My Uncle and Other Sketches (1936), also concerns events that occurred early in his life. In his later novels he retained New Zealand life as a background but extended his themes, focusing on the individual’s efforts to find freedom in a repressive, puritanical society. That effort was similar to Sargeson’s own as he struggled first against his strict parents and later against a homophobic New Zealand culture. Sargeson also wrote three autobiographical volumes: Once Is Enough (1972), More than Enough (1975), and Never Enough! (1977). His journalistic career, which began with his writing for Tomorrow, includes essays and reviews of dramatic and literary works. He also appeared extensively on radio and occasionally on television.