Story: Arts and the nation

1950s literary figures

1950s literary figures

Denis Glover (far left) reads from a book of poems while (from left) W. H. Oliver, James K. Baxter, Louis Johnson, Bill Hart-Smith, Anton Vogt and Keith Sinclair listen intently. Baxter, Johnson and, for a shorter time, Oliver were part of a Wellington group of poets who became critical of the generation of nationalist poets, represented here by Glover, that had preceded them. 

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Jock Phillips, 'Arts and the nation - Artists reject nationalism', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 October 2023)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014