Alexander Wyclif Reed

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Alexander Wyclif Reed
Born(1908-03-07)7 March 1908
Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand
Died19 October 1979(1979-10-19) (aged 71)
Wellington, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealand
Other namesClif Reed, A.W. Reed
OccupationPublisher and author
Known forPublisher: Reed Publishing Māori and Aboriginal cultures

Alexander Wyclif Reed (7 March 1908 – 19 October 1979), [1] also known as Clif Reed and A. W. Reed, was a prolific New Zealand publisher and author.



Alexander Wyclif Reed, along with his uncle Alfred Hamish Reed, established the publishing firm A. H. & A. W. Reed. He wrote more than 200 books and as an author was known most commonly as A. W. Reed. He was neither a scholar nor a gifted writer, but wrote commercially successful books based on simplifying and popularising secondary sources. Although he did not have firsthand knowledge of Māori language or custom, he wrote many books on the myths, language and place names of the Māori and, later, of Australian Aboriginal cultures. [1]

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  1. 1 2 Caffin, Elizabeth (30 October 2012). "Reed, Alexander Wyclif". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography . Ministry for Culture and Heritage.