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Maurice Gee, born August 22, 1931 in Whakatane, New Zealand, is one of New Zealand's most distinguished novelists. He was awarded the 1978 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Plumb. Maurice Gee was brought up in Henderson, a suburb of Auckland and that frequently features in his writing. He completed BA and MA degrees at the University of Auckland, which subsequently recognised him with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998, and an honorary Doctor of Literature in 2004. He is currently married and has three children, one of whom is also a writer, Emily Gee. He is an Honorary Associate of the New Zealand Association of Rationalists and Humanists.
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