Items relating to John Brodie collected by his friend Ralph Ward, includes newspaper clippings pertaining to Brodie and letters written to Ward from Brodie.
John Brodie, better known as the novelist John Guthrie was born in 1905. He grew up in New Plymouth and was educated at New Plymouth Boys' High School and later, as a journalist, at Canterbury College. A keen sportsman, Brodie played a number of sports at representative levels. A reporter with the Taranaki Daily News for four years from 1927, Brodie went on to work as assistant editor for the New Zealand Listener before leaving for England where he spent the remainder of his life working as editor of Books of Today and writing. Throughout his lifetime he published eight books including 'The Little Country', 'So They Began' and 'Paradise Bay'. He died in 1955 while returning to England from a visit to New Zealand with his wife Elinor.
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1. Newspaper clipping.'"The Little Country" A New Zealand Novel, Clever and Humorous', Wellington Evening Post 13 July 1935.
2. Newspaper clipping. 'N.Z. author in homeland after 15 years', undated.
3. Newspaper clipping. 'New Zealander's New novel', The New Zealand Herald 22 May 1952.
4. Newspaper clipping. '"The Little Country"', The Waikato Times 23 August 1935.
5. Newspaper clipping. 'First Prize Story, Revealing Light, By John Guthrie', The New Zealand Herald, 22 December 1934.
6. Newspaper clipping. 'John Brodie Portrait for Art Gallery', Taranaki Daily News, 4 November 1955.
7. Newspaper clipping. '"The Little Country"', The Waikato Times 15 August 1935.
8. Newspaper clipping. 'Personalities in the News', The Auckland Star 30 September 1936.
9. Newspaper clipping. '"The Little Country" Notable New Zealand Novel', The Auckland Star 27 July 1935.
10. Newspaper clipping. '"The Little Country" New Zealand Novel', The New Zealand Herald 20 July 1935.
11. Newspaper clipping. 'A Lively Tale of Much Future Promise', The Dominion Wellington, 20 July 1935.
12. Newspaper clipping. '"The Little Country" [letter's to the editor], undated.
13. Copy, New Zealand Electronic Text Centre. 'A Great New Zealand Novel..."The Little Country." By John Guthrie A Book in which We Discover Ourselves.’ The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 10 Issue 6, 2 September 1935.
14. Letter. From 'Jack' to Ralph Ward, 11 July 1935. 2pp.
15. Letter. From 'Jack' to Ralph Ward, 21 April 1936. 5pp.
16. Letter. From 'John Brodie' to Ralph Ward, 1 March 1952. 1pp.