Allen Curnow


Birthday June 17, 1911

Birth Sign Gemini

Birthplace New Zealand

DEATH DATE Sep 23, 2001 (90)

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Twentieth-century poet, journalist, and satirist who is best remembered for his Book of New Zealand Verse. His other works include Whim-Wham, A Small Room With Large Windows, and The Loop in Lone Kauri Road.

Before Fame

The son of an Anglican clergyman, he followed in his father's footsteps by studying at St. John's Theological College; however, he soon gave up the idea of a career in the ministry.


His first collection of poetry, Valley of Decision, explored his religious and vocational crises.

Family Life

He married and started his family during the World War II years.

Associated With

He was a literary contemporary of Patrick White. White was an Australian recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature.