Albert Wendt is the most prolific and influential contemporary writer of the Pacific Islands - of his native Samoa in particular, but including greater Oceania and New Zealand as well. He has four books of verse, three collections of short stories, five novels (tow of them made into feature films) and three major anthologies of Pacific Literature to his name. There are, besides, playscripts, interviews and essays. While there have been several important figures in the promotion of creative writing from the region, it is Wendt who has consistently covered the widest range of activities, from teaching texts in school and reshaping university syllabuses, to running writing classes, publishing new writers, and providing international commentary on the dynamics of modern culture in the Pacific.
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2005 LITERARY STUDIES