|Birth Day:||June 17, 1911|
|Death Date:||Sep 23, 2001 (age 90)|
As per our current Database, Allen Curnow died on Sep 23, 2001 (age 90).
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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.
In 1934 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. At the same time, he also started a lifelong friendship with Denis Glover and contributed to the Caxton Press, submitting some of his poems. He then taught English at Auckland University from 1950 to 1976.
Curnow's first marriage, to Elizabeth "Betty" Le Cren, was dissolved in 1965; they had a daughter and two sons, one of whom is New Zealand poet and art critic Wystan Curnow. His second marriage was to Jennifer Tole.
Curnow wrote a long-running weekly satirical poetry column under the pen-name of Whim Wham for The Press from 1937, and then the New Zealand Herald from 1951, finishing in 1988 - a far-reaching period in which he turned his keen wit to many world issues, from Franco, Hitler, Vietnam, Apartheid, and the White Australia policy, to the internal politics of Walter Nash and the eras of Rob Muldoon and David Lange, all interspersed with humorous commentary on New Zealand's obsession with rugby and other light-hearted subjects.
Currently, Allen Curnow is 111 years, 5 months and 18 days old. Allen Curnow will celebrate 112th birthday on a Saturday 17th of June 2023.
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