- Primary Sources
- Selected autobiographies/biographies
- A selection of NZ autobiographies
- A selection of NZ biographies
Secondary Sources Collections of Readings
- 3 Vignettes: from The New Zealand Experience: 100 Vignettes, ed. Brian Shaw & Kathy Broadley (1985)
- Ballard, J. G.: 'The Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy Considered as a Downhill Motor Race,' from The Day of Forever (1967)
- Bilbrough, Norman: 'The Facts of Life: Him,' from Grace (January 2001: 62-64)
- Bishop, Elizabeth: 'In the Village,' from Questions of Travel (1965)
- Cameron, Miriam: from 60s Chicks Hit the Nineties, ed. Jane Tolerton (1997)
- Carr, Emily: 'Sunday,' from The Book of Small (1942)
- Codrescu, Andrei: 'Adding to My Life,' from Autobiography and Postmodernism, ed. Kathleen Ashley, Leigh Gilmore and Gerald Peters (1994)
- Easton, Brian: 'The (Economic) Life of Harry,' from The Listener (10 June, 2000: 57)
- Fyfe, Judith & Hugo Manson: from Oral History and How to Approach It (1997)
- Hughes, Ted: 'The Rabbit Catcher' & 'The Shot,' from Birthday Letters (1998)
- Hunt, Janet: 'Green-leaved Anguish,' from Hone Tuwhare: A Biography (1998)
- King, Michael: 'The Long Shadow,' from Frank Sargeson: A Life (1995)
- Levi, Primo: from If This is a Man (1958)
- Lowell, Robert: 'The Scream,' from For the Union Dead (1964)
- Mansfield, Katherine, from The Notebooks (1997)
- Ondaatje, Michael: 'Asia,' from Running in the Family (1982)
- Perec, Georges: from W, or the Memory of Childhood (1975)
- Pih-Chang, Kathleen: from Home Away from Home: Life Stories of Chinese Women in New Zealand, ed. Manying Ip (1990)
- Plath, Sylvia: from The Bell Jar (1966)
- Plath, Sylvia: ‘The Rabbit Catcher,’ 'Daddy’ & ‘Lady Lazarus,’ from Collected Poems (1981)
- Plath, Sylvia: from The Journals, ed. Ted Hughes (1983)
- Plath, Sylvia: from The Journals, ed. Karen V. Kukil (2001)
- Proust, Marcel: from Swann’s Way (1913)
- Sexton, Anne: ‘The Double Image,’ ‘For My Lover Returning To His Wife' & ‘The Fury of Overshoes,’ from The Complete Poems (1981)
- Te Awekotuku, Ngahuia: ‘Old Man Tuna,' from Tahuri (1989)
- Westaway, Jane: 'The Facts of Life: Her,' from Grace (January 2001: 59-61)
- Xu Zhimo: 'Mansfield,' from A Fine Pen: The Chinese View of Katherine Mansfield, ed. Shifen Gong (2001)
Ballard, J. G. The Day of Forever. 1967. London: Panther, 1970. 123-26.
Bilbrough, Norman: 'The Facts of Life: Him.' Grace, Jan. 2001: 62-64.
Bishop, Elizabeth. Collected Prose. Ed. Robert Giroux. London: Chatto & Windus / Hogarth Press, 1984. 251-74.
Carr, Emily. The Book of Small. 1942. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin & Company, 1951. 3-14.
Codrescu, Andrei, 'Adding to My Life.' Autobiography and Postmodernism. Ed. Kathleen Ashley, Leigh Gilmore and Gerald Peters. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1994. 21-30.
Easton, Brian: 'The (Economic) Life of Harry,' from The Listener, 10 June, 2000: 57.
Fyfe, Judith & Hugo Manson. Oral History and How to Approach It. 1994. Wellington: National Library of New Zealand, 1997.
Hughes, Ted. Birthday Letters. London: Faber, 1998. 16-17 & 144-46.
Hughes, Ted, ed. The Journals of Sylvia Plath. New York: Ballantine, 1983. xiv-xv, 265-67 & 270-72.
Hunt, Janet. Hone Tuwhare: A Biography. Auckland: Godwit, 1998. 11-20.
King, Michael. Frank Sargeson: A Life. Auckland: Viking, 1995.
Kukil, Karen V., ed. The Journals of Sylvia Plath: 1950-1962. London: Faber, 2001. 428-38.
Levi, Primo. If This is a Man and The Truce. Trans. Stuart Woolf. London: Abacus, 1971. 129-36.
Lowell, Robert. For the Union Dead. 1964. London: Faber, 1967. 8-9.
Ondaatje, Michael. Running in the Family. Tornonto; General Publishing, 1982). 17-23.
Perec, Georges. W, or The Memory of Childhood. Trans. David Bellos. London: Collins Harvill, 1988. 63-67 & 149-64.
Ip, Manying, ed. Home Away from Home: Life Stories of Chinese Women in New Zealand. Auckland: New Women's Press, 1990. 28-49.
Plath, Sylvia. Collected Poems. London: Faber, 1981. 193-94, 222-24 & 244-47.
Plath, Sylvia. The Bell Jar. 1966. London: Faber, 1972. 65-76.
Proust, Marcel. Swann’s Way. 1913. Trans. C. K. Scott-Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1983. 48-51.
Scott, Margaret, ed. The Katherine Mansfield Notebooks. 2 vols. Lincoln & Wellington: Lincoln University Press & Daphne Brasell Associates, Ltd., 1997. 2: 32-33 & 127.
Sexton, Anne. The Complete Poems . London: Faber, 1981. 35-42 & 188-89.
Shaw, Brian Shaw & Kathy Broadley, eds. The New Zealand Experience: 100 Vignettes. Palmerston North: Dunmore Press, 1985. 6-7, 17-19.
Te Awekotuku, Ngahuia. Tahuri. Auckland: New Women's Press, 1989. 55-59.
Tolerton, Jane, ed. 60s Chicks Hit the Nineties. Auckland: Penguin, 1997. 33-51.
Westaway, Jane: 'The Facts of Life: Her.' Grace. Jan 2001: 59-61.
Xu Zhimo. 'Mansfield.'A Fine Pen: The Chinese View of Katherine Mansfield. Ed. Shifen Gong. Dunedin: University of Otago Press, 2001. 117-28, 142-44.
- Laura Alcoba: 'Introduction & Chapter One,' from The Rabbit House: An Argentinean Childhood (2008)
- Leslie T. Chang: 'The Stele with No Name,' from Factory Girls: Voices from the Heart of Modern China (2009)
- Bilbrough, Norman: 'The Facts of Life: Him,' from Grace (January 2001: 62-64)
- Daniel Defoe: from The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders (1721)
- Virginia Woolf: 'A Sketch of the Past,' from Moments of Being (1989)
Alcoba, Laura. The Rabbit House: An Argentinean Childhood. Trans. Polly McLean. London: Portobello Books, 2008. 1-15.
Aitken, G. A. 'Introduction.' Moll Flanders, Everyman's Library. London: J. M. Dent, 1966. vii-xiii.
Chang, Leslie T. 'The Stele with No Name.' Factory Girls: Voices from the Heart of Modern China. London: Picador, 2008. 120-70.
Defoe, Daniel. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders . 1721. Everyman's Library. London: J. M. Dent, 1966. 7-51.
Woolf, Virginia, 'A Sketch of the Past.' Moments of Being. Ed. Jeanne Schulkind. Grafton Books,. London: HarperCollins, 1989. 72-83.
Bauby, Jean-Dominique. The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly. London: Fourth Estate, 1998.
Burroughs, William. Junky. 1953. New York: Penguin, 1977.
Hong-Kingston, Maxine. The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts. New York: Knopf, 1976.
Keenan, Brian. An Evil Cradling. London: Vintage, 1992.
Kraus, Chris. I Love Dick. New York: Semiotext(e), 1997. (Available Auckland City Central Library)
Lowell, Robert. Life Studies. London: Faber, 1959.
Menchu, Rigoberta. I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala. Ed. and introd. Elisabeth Burgos-Debray. Trans. Ann Wright. London: Verso, 1984.
Mandela, Nelson. Long Walk to Freedom. London: Little Brown, 1994.
Malcolm X. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. London: Hutchinson, 1966.
Morton, Andrew. Diana, Princess of Wales. London: Michael O’Hara, 1993.
Tomalin, Claire. Katherine Mansfield: A Secret Life. London: Viking, 1987.
Wadler, Joyce. My Breast: One Woman's Cancer Story. New York: Addison-Wesley,
A selection of New Zealand autobiographies
Ashton-Warner, Sylvia. Myself. Christchurch: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1968.
Baxter, Archibald. We Will Not Cease: The Autobiography of a Conscientious Objector. London: Gollancz, 1939.
Crump, Barry. The Life and Times of a Good Keen Man. Opotiki: Barry Crump Associates, 1992.
Davies, Sonja. Bread and Roses. Auckland: Australia and New Zealand Book Co., 1984.
Frame, Janet. To the Is-land. London: The Women’s Press, 1983.
Hyde, Robin. A Home in this World. Auckland: Longman Paul, 1984.
Ireland, Kevin. Under the Bridge and Over the Moon. Auckland: Random House, 1998.
Park, Ruth. A Fence Around the Cuckoo. Ringwood, Victoria: Penguin, 1992.
A selection of New Zealand biographies
Bellich, James. I Shall Not Die: Titokowaru’s War, New Zealand 1868-9. Wellington: Allen & Unwin / Port Nicholson Press, 1989.
Binney, Judith. Redemption Songs: A Life of Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki. Auckland: AUP / Bridget Williams Books, 1995.
Challis, Derek, & Gloria Rawlinson. The Book of Iris: A Life of Robin Hyde. Auckland: AUP, 2002.
Edmond, Martin. Autobiography of My Father. Auckland: AUP, 1992.
Gustafson, Barry. His Way: A Biography of Robert Muldoon. Auckland: AUP, 1991.
Horrocks, Roger. Len Lye: A Biography. Auckland: AUP, 2001.
Howe, Kerry. Singer in a Songless Land: A life of Edward Tregear. Auckland: AUP, 1991.
King, Michael. Wrestling with the Angel: A Life of Janet Frame. Auckland: Viking, 2000.
Munro, Jessie. The Story of Suzanne Aubert. Auckland: AUP and Bridget Williams Books, 1996.
Salmond, Anne. Amiria. Wellington: Reed, 1976.
Walker, Peter. The Fox Boy: the Story of an Abducted Child. London: Bloomsbury, 2001.
Atkinson, Robert. The Life Story Interview. (Qualitative Research Methods. Vol. 44). London: Sage, 1998.
Birren, James E., et al., eds. Aging and Biography: Explorations in Adult Development. New York: Springer, 1996. [305.24 Agi]
Bruner, Jerome. Making Stories: Law, Literature, Life. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002.
Chamberlain, Mary, and Paul Thompson, eds. Narrative and Genre. London: Routledge, 1998.
Clifford, James. The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature, and Art. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1988.
Clifford, James, and George E. Marcus, eds. Writing Culture: The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography. Berkeley: U of California P, 1986. [306.01 Wri]
Conway, Jill Ker. When Memory Speaks: Exploring the Art of Autobiography. NY: Vintage, 1998. [Albany 808.066 92 Con]
Elbow, Peter. Writing with Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process. 2nd ed. NY: Oxford UP, 1998 [1st ed. 1981].
Ely, Margot, et al. Living by Words: On Writing Qualitative Research. London: Falmer, 1997. [808.042 On]
Flinn, Juliana, Leslie Marshall, and Jocelyn Armstrong, eds. Fieldwork and Families: Constructing New Models for Ethnographic Research. Honolulu: U of Hawai`i, 1998. [Albany 306.0995 Fie]
Fyfe, Judith, and Hugo Manson. Oral History and How to Approach It. Revised. Wellington: National Library of New Zealand, 1997. [Albany 907.2 Fyf]
Heilbrun, Carolyn G. Writing a Woman’s Life. New York: Ballantine, 1988.
Howarth, Ken. Oral History. Gloucestershire: Sutton, 1998. [Albany 907.2 How]
Hutching, Megan. Taking History: A Short Guide to Oral History. Wellington: Williams, 1993. [Albany 907.2 Hut]
Jalongo, Mary R., and Joan Isenberg. Teachers’ Stories: From Personal Narrative to Professional Insight. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1995. [Albany 920.0071 Jal]
Josselson, Ruthellen, ed. Ethics and Process in the Narrative Study of Lives. (The Narrative Study of Lives. Volume 4). London: Sage, 1996. [Albany 155 Eth]
Mallon, Thomas. A Book of One’s Own: People and Their Diaries. New York: Ticknor, 1984. [809 Mal]
Manhire, Bill, ed. Mutes and Earthquakes: Creative Writing Course at Victoria. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 1997.
Manhire, Bill, and Karen Anderson, eds. Spectacular Babies: Creative Writing Course. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2001.
McCooey, David. Artful Histories: Modern Australian Autobiography. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1996. [Albany 820.949 2090 4]
Metzger, Deena. Writing for Your Life: A Guide and Companion to the Inner Worlds. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 1992.
Perks, Robert, and Alistair Thompson, eds. The Oral History Reader. London: Routledge, 1998. [Albany 907.Ora]
Rosenwald, George C., and Richard L. Ochberg, eds. Storied Lives: The Cultural Politics of Self-understanding. New Haven: Yale UP, 1992. [920 Sto]
Runyan, Willian M. Life Histories and Psychobiography: Explorations in Theory and Method. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1984. [155. Run]
Selling, Bernard. Writing from Within: A Guide to Creativity and Life Story Writing. 1988. Alameda, CA: Hunter House, 1998.
Singleton, John and Mary Luckhurst. Creative Writing Handbook. London: Macmillan, 1996.
Swindells, Julia, ed. The Uses of Autobiography. London: Taylor 1995.[Albany 809.93592 Use]
Collections of Readings:
Divakaruni, Chitra, ed. Multitude: Cross-Cultural Readings for Writers. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1997. [Albany 808.0427 Div]Excerpts, grouped by themes such as beginnings, love, homes, learning experiences, language. Indicates rhetorical modes such as narration, description, illustration, argumentation. Has discussion questions.
Ihimaera, Witi, ed. Growing Up Maori. Auckland: Tandem, 1998.Collection of personal narrative essays.
Ip, Manying, ed. Home Away from Home: Life Stories of Chinese Women in New Zealand. Auckland: New Women’s Press, 1990. [Albany 305.8951094 Hom]An example of oral history – 8 stories – by a woman who teaches in the U of Auckland’s Asian Languages and Literature Department; her translation of taped interviews in Chinese; tried to keep them in the women’s own words, did edit, rearrange, and provided background material.
Ross, Jack, ed. [your name here]: Life Writing. Introduction by Mary Paul. ISBN 0-473-09551-3. Massey University: School of Social and Cultural Studies, 2003. [Albany 823.3 You]A collection of pieces submitted as assignments in the first two years of the Albany Life Writing course - highly recommended for prospective students.
Ross, Jack, ed. Where Will Massey Take You? Life Writing 2. Introduction by Jack Ross. ISBN 0-473-09551-3. Massey University: School of Social and Cultural Studies, 2005. [Albany 823.3 Whe]A collection of pieces submitted as assignments in the second three years of the Albany Life Writing course - highly recommended for prospective students.
Ross, Jack & Kathryn Lee, eds. Home & Away: Life & Travel Writing 3. Introduction by Kathryn Lee. ISBN 978-0-473-13539-3. Massey University: School of Social and Cultural Studies, 2008. [Albany 823.3 Hom]A collection of pieces submitted as assignments in the past couple of years of the Albany Life Writing and Travel Writing courses - highly recommended for prospective students in either area.
Shaw, Brian, and Kathy Broadley, eds. The New Zealand Experience. Palmerston North: Dunmore, 1985. [306.0993]Collection made by teachers at Massey U, who invited students in their course in Human Development over 1982, 1983, 1984 to submit personal life-story vignettes. Arranged in a loose life stages’ sequence.
Shaw, Brian, and Judith Loveridge. The New Zealand Experience: A Second Collection. Palmerston North: Dunmore, 1991. [306.0993]Collection includes more painful, sometimes violent, experiences.
Ward, Martha C., ed. A Sounding of Women: Autobiographies from Unexpected Places. Boston: Allyn, 1998. [Albany 305.40922 Sou]Seven excerpts of women’s autobiographies, including an Fox Indian (Native American), Japanese Samurai, Egyptian (prisoner), Chinese, Cuban, Muslim Hausa, Maori (Amiria Manutahi Stirling), etc. Introduces each piece with context, follows it with commentary, eg. on the ethnographer’s voice that comes through as well; recommends other books from that culture. Has questions for discussion.