Kōrero: Creative and intellectual expatriates

Jack Bennett

Jack Bennett

Jack Bennett was photographed in Auckland in 1931, not long before he departed for Oxford on a University of New Zealand postgraduate scholarship. A specialist in Anglo-Saxon and medieval literature, by the end of the 1930s he was a junior fellow at Queens College, Oxford. At the pinnacle of a brilliant academic career, in 1963, he was appointed to the C. S. Lewis Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge. Of working-class background, Bennett was very poor as a student, and his success was hard-won. He deeply missed New Zealand, and in particular his holiday haunt of Coromandel, returning for visits in 1939 and 1972. After the death of his second wife in 1980 he planned to visit again: 'I hope I shall see the coast of Coromandel, and you again', he wrote to friend Eric McCormick. The following year he made it as far as Los Angeles, but died there with friends, waiting for the final flight to New Zealand.

Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi

Oxford University Press
Reference: Charles Brasch, Indirections: a memoir 1909-1947. Wellington: Oxford University Press, 1980

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

Ngā whakaahua me ngā rauemi katoa o tēnei kōrero

Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Nancy Swarbrick, 'Creative and intellectual expatriates - Attitudes to expatriation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/44365/jack-bennett (accessed 24 September 2020)

He kōrero nā Nancy Swarbrick, i tāngia i te 22 Oct 2014