Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Two Stunning Books Years in the Making being published next month
Stunning Books Years in the Making
NZ's Greatest Poet - His Life and His Work
Sailing in a New Direction by Terry Sturm
Auckland University Press
Hardback, 240 x 170 mm, 732 pages
29 September 2017, $69.99
A powerful biography of New Zealand’s
most important poet.
hang on to your hands anything can happen
– ‘Two Pedestrians with One Thought’
Allen Curnow (1911–2001) was one of the most eminent 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.
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.
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 Edited by Elizabeth Caffin and Terry Sturm
Auckland University Press
Hardback, 240 x 170 mm, 388 pages
29 September 2017, $59.99
This is the definitive collection of work by New
Zealand’s most distinguished poet.
Throughout his lifetime, Allen Curnow revised, selected and
collected his poetry in various ways. For the first time this
collection brings together all of Curnow’s poetry grouped in
their original volumes. The notes reproduce Curnow’s comments
on individual poems and include relevant editorial
guidance. Allen Curnow (1911–2001) was at the time of his
death regarded as one of the greatest of all poets writing
in English. For seventy years, from Valley
of Decision (1933) to The Bells of
Saint Babel’s (2001), Curnow’s poetry was always
on the move – from his early approaches to New Zealand
identity and myth to later work concerned with the philosophical
encounter between word and world.