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Death of John Mulgan

26 April 1945

John Mulgan, c. 1943-1944
John Mulgan, c. 1943-1944 (Alexander Turnbull Library, DA-12924-F)

At the time of his death by suicide in Cairo in April 1945 (while serving with the British Army), many New Zealanders knew little about the Christchurch-born John Mulgan.

This changed following the 1949 reprint of his novel Man alone, which became a classic of New Zealand literature and a staple of the secondary school curriculum.

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