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First issue of the New Zealand Listener, 1939 (2nd of 3)

First issue of the New Zealand Listener, 1939

This is the cover of the first issue of the New Zealand Listener, published in July 1939. The Listener published schedules of radio programmes, but also established a reputation for serious reviews of literature, drama and music by well-known writers (although it paid little attention to reviewing radio programmes). The magazine’s film critic, Gordon Mirams, was perhaps New Zealand’s only serious film critic in the early 1940s. The Listener continues to provide a range of serious reviews.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: New Zealand Listener 1, no. 1 (30 June 1939) (S-L-1249-COVER)

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Peter Clayworth, 'Arts reviewing - Struggle with modernity, 1900 to 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 September 2021)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 1 Apr 2020