O. E. Middleton – 1970


When O. E. (Ted) Middleton arrived to take up his Fellowship in 1970, he was already intending to make Dunedin his home and place of work. Two tangible results that year were the short stories 'The Will to Win' and 'The Loners', the latter becoming the title story to the collection published by Charles Brasch and Janet Paul's Square & Circle press in 1972. The cover and illustrations were done by Ralph Hotere; the block present prints the image facing 'The Will to Win'. From the note tipped in, Brasch also had some design ideas: 'cover: variation of colour'; 'half-title: right of centre', etc. Both Middleton's stories are featured in Beyond the Breakwater, a retrospective collection published by Otago University Press in 2008.

O. E. Middleton, The Loners. Wellington: Square & Circle, 1972. Brasch PR 9641 M46 L6; [Ralph Hotere], Original block for 'The Will to Win' in The Loners. Wellington: Square & Circle, 1972. Bibliography Room/Otakou Press Archive; [Charles Brasch], Notes on cover design for The Loners, 1972. Brasch Collection.


Notes on cover design for Loners

Will to Win block

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