Landfall (its first proposed title was Tuatara) appeared in 1947, with Charles Brasch as the full-time founding Editor. Although influenced by overseas publications such as T.S. Eliot's The Criterion, Christopher Dawson's Dublin Review, and John Middleton Murry's The Adelphi, Brasch was adamant: it was to be a New Zealand journal exhibiting the best work of New Zealand writers and artists, and show that the country could stand on its own 'cultural' feet. Brasch edited 78 of the 80 issues between 1947 and 1966. Landfall was the right journal at the right time, and its success as a thoroughly contemporary journal premised on literary and intellectual excellence was based on Brasch's considered editorship. It stands as one of the single most outstanding contributions by an individual to New Zealand's cultural heritage. This is the first issue.