Charles Brasch: Journals, 1938–1945
Rachel Barrowman’s ‘Finding “a Home for the Spirit”’ discusses the journals as an exploration of ‘identity and self … during the restless war years’. When Brasch resolved to return to New Zealand at the end of 1945, it was ‘part of a cultural mission: to make his contribution to the development in New Zealand of a mature … literary and arts culture’.
Charles Brasch (1909-1973) was a major figure in New Zealand's cultural life of the mid twentieth century - a poet, patron and founding editor of Landfall. His books included several volumes of verse, a collection of essays (The Universal Dance, 1981), a memoir (Indirections, 1980), and an edited volume of work from Landfall (Landfall Country, 1962). Substantial contributions have been made to this work by Margaret Scott, Rachel Barrowman, Andrew Parsloe, Marilyn Aitcheson, Alan Roddick, Wendy Harrex and Fiona Moffat.