Allen Curnow Biography and Poems Slipcase edition

Terry Sturm. Edited by Linda Cassels, Elizabeth Caffin and Terry Sturm

A limited edition slipcase combining Simply by Sailing in a New Direction. Allen Curnow: A Biography by Terry Sturm and Allen Curnow: Collected Poems.

Allen Curnow (1911–2001) is widely recognised as one of the most distinguished poets writing in English in the second half of the twentieth century. From Valley of Decision (1933) to The Bells of Saint Babel’s (2001) he defined and redefined how poetry might discover the possibilities of a world seen afresh. Through relationships with writers from Dylan Thomas to C. K. Stead he influenced the changing shape of modern poetry. And in criticism and anthologies like the Penguin Book of New Zealand Verse he helped identify the distinctive imaginative preoccupations that made New Zealand’s writing and culture different from elsewhere. By the time of his death at the age of ninety, he had completed a body of work unique in this country and increasingly recognised internationally.

 

Simply by Sailing in a New Direction. Allen Curnow: A Biography

This major biography introduces readers to Allen Curnow’s life and work: from a childhood in a Christchurch vicarage, through theological training, journalism and university life, marriages and children, and on to an international career as a writer of poetry, plays, satire and criticism. The book lucidly identifies the shifting textures of Curnow’s writing and unravels the intersections between life and words. The result of over a decade’s research and writing, Simply by Sailing in a New Direction offers deep insight into the development of New Zealand literature and culture.

 

Allen Curnow: Collected Poems

Throughout his lifetime, Allen Curnow revised, selected and collected his poetry in various ways. For the first time, this collection brings together all of the poems that Curnow collected in his lifetime grouped in their original volumes. The notes reproduce Curnow’s comments on individual poems and include relevant editorial guidance.

This is the definitive collection of work by New Zealand’s most distinguished poet.

 

 

 

Author

Terry Sturm (1941–2009) was editor of the Oxford History of New Zealand Literature (1991, 1998), professor of English at University of Auckland and an authority on New Zealand popular fiction. He was author of An Unsettled Spirit: The Life and Frontier Fiction of Edith Lyttleton (AUP, 2003) and editor of a selection of Curnow's verse written under his pseudonym Whim Wham, Whim Wham's New Zealand: The Best of Whim Wham 1937–1988 (Random House, 2005).

 

Editors

Linda Cassells has a doctorate in Linguistics from the University of Bath and over 25 years’ experience in book publishing.

Elizabeth Caffin was Allen Curnow’s publisher and director of Auckland University Press for two decades.

 

September 2017, 170 x 240 mm, 1096 pages
Slipcase edition, ISBN 9781869408770, $125

 

Author

Terry Sturm (1941–2009) was editor of the Oxford History of New Zealand Literature (1991, 1998), professor of English at University of Auckland and an authority on New Zealand popular fiction. He was author of An Unsettled Spirit: The Life and Frontier Fiction of Edith Lyttleton (AUP, 2003) and editor of a selection of Curnow's verse written under his pseudonym Whim Wham, Whim Wham's New Zealand: The Best of Whim Wham 1937-1988 (Random House, 2005).

 

Editors

Linda Cassells has a doctorate in Linguistics from the University of Bath and over 25 years’ experience in book publishing.

Elizabeth Caffin was Allen Curnow’s publisher and director of Auckland University Press for two decades.