Adcock, Karen Fleur

(1934- )
   Born in Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand, Adcock came to England with her parents in 1939 and was educated there. She returned to New Zealand in 1947 and graduated B.A. in classics from Victoria University, Wellington, in 1954. She lectured on classics at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, and was then librarian at the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington. On returning to England in 1963, she took two creative writing fellowships, and in 1908 she became a freelance writer, producing her own poetry, translating and editing collections, and delivering talks on poetry for the BBC. She has received nine major awards both in New Zealand and in Britain and received the Order of the British Empire in 1996. Some of her publications: The Eye of the Hurricane, 1964. High Tide in the Garden, 1971. The Inner Harbor, 1979. Selected Poems, 1983. The Virgin and the Nightingale: Medieval Latin Poems, 1983 (translations). The Incident Book, 1986. TimeZones, 1991. Looking Back, 1997. Poems 1960-2000, 2000. Some of her poems: "A House in Byzantium," "Advice to a Discarded Lover," "Against Coupling," "Night-piece," "Wife to Husband."
   Sources: Biography of Fleur Adcock (www.english. emory.edu/Bahri/Adcock.html). Microsoft Encarta 2006 (DVD). Microsoft Corporation, 2006. Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite DVD, 2006. Fleur Adcock (www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/?p=auth161). The National Portrait Gallery (www.npg.org.uk). New Zealand Love Poems. Lauris Edmond, ed. Oxford University Press, 2000. The Greek Anthology and Other Ancient Epigrams. Peter Jay, ed. Penguin Books, 1981. The Norton Antholog y of Literature by Women: The Tradition in English. Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Guber, eds. W.W. Norton, 1985. The Oxford Companion to English Literature. 6th edition. Margaret Drabble, ed. Oxford University Press, 2000. The Penguin Book of New Zealand Verse. Ian Wedde and Harvey McQueen, eds. Penguin, 1985. Who's Who. London: A & C Black, 2005.

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