New Countryby James Courage
Born in Canterbury in 1903, the expatriate novelist and playwright was unusually open about his homosexuality during his lifetime: A Way of Love (1959), described by the Observer as ‘sympathetic without being sloppy; entertaining but not satirical’, is the first published gay novel by a New Zealander but was eventually banned here.
New Country brings together seven of Courage’s virtually unknown stories and plays, and Christopher Burke’s introduction explores their homoerotic themes, both overt and coded. A significant collection of early gay New Zealand fiction writing, this enchanting volume introduces some of Courage’s most evocative work to a twenty-first century audience.
Published by Genre Books
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