An Absurd Ambition by Eric H. McCormick

By Eric H. McCormick

Eric McCormick used to be, from approximately 1940 till his demise in 1995, one among New Zealand's so much extraordinary writers and students. He pioneered the appreciation and examine of the painter Francis Hodgkins, and he wrote numerous biographies. The autobiographical fragments gathered right here were edited to make a coherent quantity, tracing his origins in Taihape, to varsity and collage in Wellington, to schoolteaching in Nelson, to Cambridge and during his wartime reviews and position as editor of Centennial courses. It comprises his intelligent observations of social behaviour, recorded with a dry wit.

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It was my first grown-up story and, helped by the illustrations, I persevered to the end. From that point onwards I hunted out every book in the house. It was a very mixed collection, most of them my father’s, some originally brought from Christchurch. His books of verse — among them a complete Longfellow, a paper-covered copy of Barrack-Room Ballads, Arthur H. Adams’s Maoriland (another present from Auntie Emma) — meant little to me. A one-volume Shakespeare yielded even less, though I was fascinated by the name Cleopatra (which I mispronounced Clepatora) and recollect my pleasure in finding Lambs’ Tales (partly, no doubt, because of the title).

Upstairs, at the back of the house, another hall opened into the sitting-room and the bathroom, while a long passage led to four bedrooms. A prominent feature in front of the building, added in my childhood, was a balcony extending over the footpath. The house had two outside entrances, an elaborate front door in the lower hall and a back door in the kitchen. Both gave access to the yard and garden where a couple of smaller buildings stood. First came the generator house, source of acetylene gas for lighting in shop and house, and a cubby-hole known as the sewing-room but used for a variety of purposes.

He could seldom resist disparaging remarks about his own writing (‘Too wordy’ was his most frequent complaint), and often corrected my facts or assumptions. Other regular visitors were there on other days of the week, notably Maurice Shadbolt and Elspeth Sandys, Linda Gill, Jacqui Fahey, Michael Smither, and Roy Hughes (whose parents had laid the foundations for Myra’s house); they all reported his enthusiasm for our book. Near the end of 1994, however, after several night-time falls and a bout of pneumonia for which he was admitted to Auckland Hospital, he returned to Powley House, where his deterioration was so rapid before his death on 23 March 1995 that he was no longer able to take an interest in what I was doing.

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