Shaw, Helen (1913–1985)

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Shaw, Helen (1913–1985)

New Zealand poet and short-story writer. Name variations: Hella Hofmann. Born Helen Lilian Shaw, Feb 20, 1913, in Timaru, New Zealand; dau. of Jessie Helen (Gow) Shaw and Walter Shaw (solicitor, killed in France 1916); died June 13, 1985, in Auckland; Canterbury College, BA, 1936; m. Frank Simon Hofmann (Jewish refugee from Prague, later photographer), Dec 24, 1941 (died 1989); children: 2 sons.

Published The Orange Tree and Other Stories (1957), Out of Dark: Poems (1968), The Girl of the Gods (1973), The Word and Flower (1975), The Gipsies and Other Stories (1978), Ambitions of Clouds (1981), Time Told from a Tower (1985), and Leda's Daughter(1985); wrote critical essays; also edited letters exchanged between Lady Ottoline Morrell and D'Arcy Cresswell (1983).

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