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Ngaio Marsh, a New Zealander with strong ties to Britain, is known there and worldwide for her thirty-one detective novels issued between 1934 and 1982 (and occasionally published in the USA ahead of the British edition). Less well known is her career as a theatrical producer and director in New Zealand, and sometimes in Britain, which included writing about theatre and as a playwright. Her non-fiction writings include, as well as those about theatre, travel journalism and comment on New Zealand, and an autobiography.
23 April 1895 NM was born the only child of New Zealand-born Rose Seager Marsh and British-born Henry Edmond Marsh, in a modest, rented house in Fendalton, a suburb of Christchurch. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
Easter 1912 The school magazine of St Margaret's College, Christchurch, New Zealand, published its first number. It was jointly edited by NM and included two essays and a comic poem of her composition. She continued to appear in later issues. Bibliographic Citation link.
18 February 1982 NM died following a stroke, at the age of eighty-six, at her home, Marton Cottage, 37 Valley Road, Cashmere Hills, which is now preserved as a museum. Bibliographic Citation link.
By late September 1982 NM's final detective novel was posthumously published. The title, Light Thickens, is quoted from a foreboding speech in Shakespeare's Macbeth and the plot revolves around a production of that play, which is believed by theatre people to be ill-omened. Bibliographic Citation link.
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