C(hristian) K(arlson) STEAD (NEW ZEALAND) was born in 1932 in Auckland. He is internationally renowned as a poet, prose-writer and literary critic. Four of his novels have been translated into Croatian: “All Visitors Ashore”, “Makutu”, “Mansfield: a Novel” and “My Name Was Judas”. He was Professor of English at the University of Auckland from 1967 to 1986 when he took early retirement to become a full time writer. His book on 20th century literary modernism, “The New Poetic” (1964), was for many years a standard text at British universities, and has been reprinted many times on both sides of the Atlantic. Internationally renowned as an expert on Katherine Mansfield, Stead edited a selection of her letters and journals, and published a novel about her, “Mansfield: a Novel” (2004). His “Collected Poems 1951 – 2006” appeared in 2008 in New Zealand, and the following year in the UK. He has won a number of literary prizes and his novels, short stories and poetry have been widely translated. In 2007 he was awarded his country's highest honour, the Order of New Zealand.