R. A. K. Mason

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For the drama producer and BBC executive, see Ronald Mason (drama).

Ronald Allison Kells Mason (10 January 1905 - 13 July 1971) was described by Allen Curnow as New Zealand's "first wholly original, unmistakably gifted poet".[1][2]

He was born in Penrose, Auckland on 10 January 1905.[3] [4]

He was educated at Auckland Grammar School, where he met fellow poet A. R. D. Fairburn.

Mason was the holder of the Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago in 1962.[5]

He died in Takapuna, Auckland on 13 July 1971.[6]

His works[edit]

  • In the Manner of Men (1923)
  • The Beggar (1924)
  • Four Short Stories (1931-1935)[7]
  • Sonnet to MacArthur's Eyes (1950)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mason, R.A.K
  2. ^ R.A.K. Mason - NZ Literature File - LEARN - The University Of Auckland Library
  3. ^ Who’s Who in New Zealand, 9th edition, edited by G C Petersen, p235 (1968, Reed, Wellington)
  4. ^ Who’s Who in New Zealand, 10th edition, edited by G C Petersen, p238 (1971, Reed, Wellington)
  5. ^ "R. A. K. Mason - 1962". Nourishing the Roots: An exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago. University of Otago. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Who’s Who in New Zealand, 11th edition, edited by J E Traue, p299 (1978, Reed, Wellington)
  7. ^ Holloway Press - R.A.K. Mason - Four Short Stories 1931-35

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