28 APRIL 1961, Page 13


SIR,---I am at present engaged in research for a doc- toral thesis into the work of the three New Zealand writers, A. R. D. Fairburn (1904-1957), W. D'Arcy Cresswell (1896-1960) and R. A. K. Mason (1905— ).

Though all three were teadieg figures in New Zealand writing, all three 4iSO had some connection with Great Britain. both through travel and through the publication there of some of their work. .

Cresswell spent the greater part of his life in Eng- land, though acknowledging himself to be a New Zealander, and there puboshed four volumes of verse (Poems 1921-27, Wells Gardner. Darton, 1928; ',penis 1924-31, The Bodley Head, n.d.; Poetry and Cyprus, a Manifesto for Moderns and Poems for Poppycock, both by the Trireme Press, 1957), as well as broadsheets of his poems and two autobiographical volumes (A Poet's Progress, Faber, 1930, and Present Without Leave, Collins, 19,9). Fairburn's first book

of verse (He Shall Not Rise) was published by the Columbia Press, London. in 1930. while four poems of Mason were published by Harold Monro, two in the Chapbook, No. 39, 1924, and two sonnets in Twentieth Century Poetry (Chatto and Windus, 1929).

If any of your readers could refer me to material which recalls any of these r ublications, critical reac- tions to them. or anv other relevant material, or in- deed any informatiot• concerning any of the writers' sojourns in England I would be most grateful if they would communicate with me at the address below.

Any MSS or other paper; received will, of course. be treated with the utmost care and be returned by airmail immediately followirip copying.—Yours faith- fully.