Smith's Dream

TitleSmith's Dream
Year for Search1971
AuthorsStead, C[hristian] K[arlson](b. 1932)
Tertiary AuthorsStead, C. K.
Date Published1971
PublisherLongman Paul
Place PublishedAuckland, New Zealand
KeywordsAotearoa/New Zealand author, Male author
Annotation

Authoritarian dystopia set in New Zealand with the focus on one man’s resistance to it. The second version includes the ending the author says he originally intended. In this ending the protagonist is killed, whereas the first ending is hopeful. The change takes place on page 140. Stead explains the change in “John Mulgan: A Question of Identity.” In his In the Glass Case: Essays on New Zealand Literature (Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press/Oxford University Press, 1981), 87-88 [Originally published in Islands 25 (7.3) (April 1979): 286-88]. A film version was entitled Sleeping Dogs (1977) and was directed by Roger Donaldson (b. 1945) with the screenplay by Ian Mune (b. 1941) and Arthur Baysting.

Additional Publishers

With a different ending Auckland, New Zealand: Longman Paul, 1973. Rpt. Auckland, New Zealand: New House Publishers, 1993. The change takes place on page 140. Stead explains the change in “John Mulgan: A Question of Identity.” In his In the Glass Case: Essays on New Zealand Literature (Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press/Oxford University Press, 1981), 87-88 [Originally published in Islands 25 (7.3) (April 1979): 286-88]. 

Info Notes

A film version was entitled Sleeping Dogs (1977) and was directed by Roger Donaldson (b. 1945) with the screenplay by Ian Mune (b. 1941) and Arthur Baysting. 

Holding Institutions

ATL, L, M, VUW

Author Note

New Zealand author (b. 1932).

Full Text

1971 Stead, C[hristian] K[arlson] (b. 1932). Smith’s Dream. Auckland, New Zealand: Longman Paul. With a different ending Auckland, New Zealand: Longman Paul, 1973. Rpt. Auckland, New Zealand: New House Publishers, 1993. ATL, L, M, VUW

Authoritarian dystopia set in New Zealand with the focus on one man’s resistance to it. The second version includes the ending the author says he originally intended. In this ending the protagonist is killed, whereas the first ending is hopeful. The change takes place on page 140. Stead explains the change in “John Mulgan: A Question of Identity.” In his In the Glass Case: Essays on New Zealand Literature (Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press/Oxford University Press, 1981), 87-88 [Originally published in Islands 25 (7.3) (April 1979): 286-88]. A film version was entitled Sleeping Dogs (1977) and was directed by Roger Donaldson (b. 1945) with the screenplay by Ian Mune (b. 1941) and Arthur Baysting. Stead is New