Author(s): C. K. Stead
This collection of poetry culls Karl Stead's most lasting and memorable works into a single volume. Drawn from previously published works though his distinguished career, from his debut collection Whether the Will is Free to his recent publication The Black River, this resource also contains 22 previously unpublished poems from his early days.
Shortlisted for Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Reference & Anthology Category 2009 and BPANZ Book Design Awards: Non-Illustrated Book 2009.
"This ancient poetic theme--how to live in order to live beyond life--runs throughout this massive book, unifying the staggering profusion of forms and contents and linguistic registers." --"The Australian"
C k Stead was born in Auckland in 1932. During the 1950s and 1960s, he earned an international reputation as a poet and literary critic. He has published fourteen books of poetry, eleven novels, two books of short stories and seven books of criticism. Stead is professor emeritus of English at The University of Auckland where he taught for twenty years. He was made CBE in 1974 and a member of the Order of New Zealand in 2007, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1995, appointed an Honorary Visiting Fellow of St John's College, Oxford, in 1997 and awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Letters by the University of Bristol in 2001. He is married with three children and (to date) six grandchildren.