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Antony Alpers literary papers.

Identifier: MSS-Archives-B-1b

Scope and Contents

Proofs of the 1953 American edition of Katherine Mansfield: a biography.


  • ca. 1953


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Not restricted.

Biographical / Historical

Antony Alpers (1919-1997), biographer, journalist, mythologist and pre-eminent scholar of Katherine Mansfield.

Born in Christchurch and educated at Christ's College Alpers early career as a journalist included writing for the Press and the New Zealand Listener. When Alpers' wrote Katherine Mansfield: a biography, in the early 1950s it was considered the most significant study of her life and work to date. The book was derived from four years research in London partly funded by the New Zealand Literary Fund.

Between 1966 and his retirement in 1982 Alpers lectured in English and American Literature at Queen's University, Ontario, Canada. During this time he produced a number of publications on the Pacific and Mansfield including The life of Katherine Mansfield (1980) and The stories of Katherine Mansfield (1984).

After he retired Alpers returned to Christchurch where with Josephine Baker he compiled a collection of his father O.T.J. Alpers' letters; Confident Tomorrows: A biographical self portrait.

Alpers, Antony in Robinson, R. & Wattie, N.(Eds). (1998) Oxford companion to New Zealand literature. Melbourne, Australia. Oxford University Press.


0.03 metres (1 volume)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Antony Alpers, 1957.

Related Materials

MSS & Archives B-1a comprises a typescript of Katherine Mansfield: a biography.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, University of Auckland Repository

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Auckland 1142 New Zealand