Robin Hyde

1906 - 1939; major New Zealand poet, novelist and journalist.


Robin Hyde was born in Cape Town, South Africa, but was brought to New Zealand before she was six months old. At sixteen years of age she began her journalistic career on the Dominion and in succeeding years worked for the Christchurch Sun, the Wanganui Chronicle, and the New Zealand Observer.

Hyde’s publications comprise five novels, three autobiographical volumes and five collections of verse. Her novels The Godwits Fly and Passport to Hell are still in print; as well as posthumously published  poetry volumes The Book of Nadath andYoung Knowledge (AUP). A biography of Hyde, The Book of Iris, written by her friend Gloria Rawlinson and son Derek Challis, was published in 2002.