Stead, C.K.

Stead, C.K.

▪ New Zealander author
in full  Christian Karlson Stead 
born Oct. 17, 1932, Auckland, N.Z.

      New Zealand poet and novelist who gained an international reputation as a critic with The New Poetic: Yeats to Eliot (1964), which became a standard work on Modernist poetry.

      Stead studied at the University of Auckland (B.A., 1954; M.A., 1955) and the University of Bristol, England (Ph.D., 1961). From 1959 to 1986 he taught at the University of Auckland, becoming a full professor in 1968. His first book of poetry, Whether the Will Is Free: Poems 1954–62, was published in 1964. In his second collection, Crossing the Bar (1972), he was moved by the Vietnam War to protest against the inhumanity and irresponsibility of people in power. His later poetry collections include Quesada: Poems 1972–1974 (1975), Paris (1984), Between (1988), Voices (1990), Straw into Gold: Poems New and Selected (1997), The Right Thing (2000), and The Red Tram (2004). Stead composed the poems in The Black River (2007) after suffering a stroke.

      Stead's first novel, Smith's Dream (1971), is a disturbing fantasy set in a fascist New Zealand of the future; it was the basis of a 1977 film, Sleeping Dogs. His other novels include All Visitors Ashore (1984), The Death of the Body (1986), Sister Hollywood (1989), The End of the Century at the End of the World (1992), Villa Vittoria (1997), and Talking About O'Dwyer (1999). His later work includes two historical novels: Mansfield (2004), with writer Katherine Mansfield (Mansfield, Katherine) as its subject, and My Name Was Judas (2006).

      Among Stead's critical works, in addition to The New Poetic, are In the Glass Case: Essays on New Zealand Literature (1981), Answering to the Language (1989), and Kin of Place: Essays on 20 New Zealand Writers (2002).

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