An open letter : Bruce Mason writes to Mervyn Thompson

A response to Mervyn Thompson's address to the P.E.N./V.U.W. Writers' Conference.(See Thompson's response in ACT Magazine v.4 n.9 Nov 1979, p.75)Describes his rewriting of parts of Awatea in the wake of George Webby's !968 review in Salient, and changes and additions in the second edition. Addresses the question of 'authenticity'.(A classic piece of Bruce's writing!)Includes a picture of Bruce (at the keyboard), and one of Mervyn Thompson.