Paul Sharrad’s recently released book on Albert Wendt, the first monograph on the outstanding literary figure of the Pacific region, is not only an ambitious but a profoundly successful scholarly study that deserves our attention. It enters the critical discourse on the ‘new’ literatures in English as a timely reminder of the importance of a regional literature and of Wendt’s literary and critical contribution to this discourse, both widely neglected among critics from beyond the Pacific.



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