Story: Crump, Barry

A good keen man

A good keen man

Barry Crump’s first novel, A good keen man (1960), was a publishing sensation and was reprinted many times. A fictionalised account of Crump’s experiences during his deer-culling days, it advanced a stereotype of masculinity – the rough, wild, practical joker – that struck a chord with the reading public. Listen to Crump talk about the book.

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Penguin New Zealand
Reference: Barry Crump, A good keen man. Wellington: Reed, 1960.

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How to cite this page:

Brigid Magner. 'Crump, Barry', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 2011, updated November, 2012. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/6c2/crump-barry/page-2 (accessed 22 May 2019)