10 Facts About Allen Curnow


Thomas Allen Monro Curnow was a New Zealand poet and journalist.


Allen Curnow was educated at Christchurch Boys' High School, Canterbury University, and obtained a PhD from Auckland University in 1964.


In 1934 Allen Curnow returned to the South Island, where he started a correspondence with Iris Wilkinson and Alan Mulgan, as well as finding a job at The Press, the Christchurch morning daily newspaper, having decided against a career in the Anglican ministry.


Allen Curnow then taught English at Auckland University from 1950 to 1976, during which he spent much time at his holiday home on Lone Kauri Road in the central Waitakere Ranges.


Allen Curnow married Elizabeth "Betty" Le Cren at St Mary's Church, Timaru, on 26 August 1936.


Allen Curnow was buried at Purewa Cemetery in the Auckland suburb of Meadowbank.


Allen Curnow is more celebrated as poet than as a satirist.


The satirist in Allen Curnow is certainly not pushed aside in his poetic works, but is explored instead with a greater degree of emotional connectivity and self-reflection.


Allen Curnow's works concerning the New Zealand landscape and the sense of isolation experienced by one who lives in an island colony are perhaps his most moving and most deeply pertinent works regarding the New Zealand condition.


Allen Curnow was the subject of the 2001 documentary Early Days Yet, directed by Shirley Horrocks.