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Name  Albert Wendt

Role  Poet
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Education  Victoria University of Wellington
Books  Sons for the Return Home, Leaves of the banyan tree, Nuanua, The Adventures of Vela, The mango's kiss

Albert wendt

Albert Wendt is a Samoan poet and writer who also lives in New Zealand. Among his works is Leaves of the Banyan Tree (1979).


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Albert Tuaopepe Wendt is a Samoan novelist, and also the poet writer who wrote the story about Samoan life present days. Instead of being a novelist, he was also known as a writer in the south pacific. Albert was born into a Samoan family with both German and English origin. In 1952, Wendt was honored by a scholarship from New Zealand administration, then he moved to the New Plymouth Boy’s until the year of 1952, and he will now graduate. [1]


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Albert Wendt was born in Apia, Samoa. Wendt is of German heritage through his great-grandfather from his patrilineal ancestry, which he reflected it in some of his poetry works. He studied at Ardmore Teacher's College and at the Victoria University of Wellington, graduating with an M.A. in History. His Master's thesis was about the Mau, Sāmoa's independence movement from colonialism during the early 1900s (decade). His thesis was entitled Guardians and Wards: A study of the origins, causes and the first two years of the Mau in Western Sāmoa.

He returned in 1965 to Western Samoa, becoming headmaster of Samoa College. In 1974 he moved to Fiji, where he taught at the University of the South Pacific.

In 1977 Wendt returned home to set up the University of the South Pacific Center in Sāmoa. He worked closely with the literary journal Mana, and edited in 1975 collections of poems from Fiji, Western Samoa, the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu), and the Solomon Islands.

Wendt's epic Leaves of the Banyan Tree (1979) won the 1980 New Zealand Book Awards. He was appointed to the first chair in Pacific literature at the University of the South Pacific in Suva. In 1988 he took up a professorship of Pacific studies at the University of Auckland. In 1999 Wendt was visiting Professor of Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Hawaii. In 2001 he was made Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to literature. In the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours he was appointed a member of the Order of New Zealand.


Wendt is the subject of a documentary, The New Oceania, made in New Zealand by Point of View Productions. Directed by Shirley Horrocks, the film screened at the New Zealand International Film Festival and Hawaii International Film Festival in 2005, TVNZ 2006 and ABC Australia in 2007.

Awards and honors

  • 1980 - Wattie Book of the Year for Leaves of the Banyan.
  • 1992 - Commonwealth Writers Prize in the Asia-Pacific Region for Ola.
  • 1994 - Order of Merit of Samoa for services to education and literature.
  • 2001 - Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature.
  • 2003 - Senior Pacific Arts Award.
  • 2004 - Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture.
  • 2004 - Montana Book Award for Whetu Moana.
  • 2010 - Commonwealth Writers Prize in the Asia-Pacific Region for The Adventures of Vela.
  • 2012 - Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement in Fiction.
  • 2013 - Order of New Zealand.
  • Works

  • Comes the Revolution (1972)
  • The Contract (1972)
  • Sons for the Return Home (1973). ISBN 0-582-71718-3, ISBN 0-8248-1796-6 - also made into feature film
  • Flying Fox in a Freedom Tree: And Other Stories (1974). ISBN 0-582-71733-7, ISBN 0-582-71734-5 (pbk.) - also made into feature film
  • Pouliuli (1977). Novel. ISBN 0-582-71754-X, ISBN 0-8248-0728-6
  • Inside Us the Dead. Poems 1961 to 1974 (1976). ISBN 0-582-71750-7
  • Leaves of the Banyan Tree (1979). Novel. ISBN 0-582-71770-1, ISBN 0-385-17858-1
  • Lali: A Pacific Anthology (edited; 1980). ISBN 0-582-71772-8
  • Shaman of Visions (1984)
  • The Birth and Death of the Miracle Man (1986). Stories. ISBN 0-670-80676-5
  • Ola (1991). Novel ISBN 0-14-015763-8, ISBN 0-8248-1585-8
  • Black Rainbow (1992). ISBN 0-14-016693-9, ISBN 0-8248-1586-6
  • Nuanua: Pacific Writing in English since 1980 (edited; 1995). ISBN 0-8248-1731-1
  • Photographs (1995). Poems. ISBN 1-86940-122-0
  • The Best of Albert Wendt's Short Stories (1999). ISBN 1-86941-392-X
  • The Book of the Black Star (2002). ISBN 1-86940-283-9
  • Whetu Moana: A Collection of Pacific Poems (edited; 2002). ISBN 0-8248-2756-2
  • The Mango's Kiss: a Novel (2003). ISBN 1-86941-580-9
  • The Songmaker’s Chair (2004). Drama. ISBN 1-86969-031-1
  • The Adventures of Vela (2009). ISBN 1-86969-363-9
  • Ancestry (2012). Stories. ISBN 978-1775500377
  • From Mānoa to a Ponsonby Garden (2012). Poems. ISBN 978 1 86940 734 6
  • Out of the Vaipe, The Deadwater: A Writer's Early Life (2015). Memoir. ISBN 9780908321223
  • Breaking Connections (2015). Novel. ISBN 9781775502104
  • References

    Albert Wendt Wikipedia

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