Books by C.K. Stead

C. K. (Christian Karlson) Stead has written nine novels, two books of short stories and six of literary criticism, most recently Kin of Place: Essays on 20 New Zealand Writers (AUP, 2003). He was Professor of English at the University of Auckland for twen


MANSFIELD by C.K. Stead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"Relies too much on its characters' famous names to hold the reader's attention."
Stead (Talking About O'Dwyer, 2000, etc.) takes a fellow New Zealander, short-story master Katherine Mansfield, as the protagonist of his listless tenth novel. Read full book review >
TALKING ABOUT O’DWYER by C.K. Stead
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A quiet—perhaps too quiet—agreeably literate novel that vividly evokes time and place."
A long conversation about a recently deceased colleague and fellow New Zealander becomes a beautifully rendered but curiously unmoving tale of tragic missteps and regrets. Read full book review >
THE DEATH OF THE BODY by C.K. Stead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"An amusing, clever, and agreeably literate portrait of a hapless Lucky Jim sort."
A witty romp through New Zealand academe—with metafiction and mystery joining hands in the picaresque adventures of Professor Harry Butler, obsessed with the Mind/Body problem in more ways than one. Read full book review >