I have had the great good fortune to have been able to live an almost entirely private life with a small circle of friends and colleagues...' With this modest disclaimer A. D. Hope, poet and teacher, embarks on a brief account of his life, a story fashioned around encounters and incidents which retain their importance to him after many years. As his path crosses those of Christopher Brennan an J. R. R. Tolkien, James McAuley and Kid Orey, Ern Malley and F. R. Leavis, the poet sets down what made the moment 'interesting and amusing in itself'. The result is an affectionate memoir, plain tales which reveal aspects of the life of a man whose poetry, teaching and criticism have made a unique contribution to Australia's literature.
- Electronic book text
- 18 Oct 2016
- Melbourne University Press
- Melbourne University Press Digital
- Melbourne, Australia
About AD Hope
Emeritus Professor A. D. Hope retired in 1968 but remained an active member of the university community. A foundation member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and an honorary member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters since 1989, he accepted an OBE in 1972 and an AC in 1981. His many books include Collected Poems 1930-1965, Dunciad Minor, A Late Picking, The Age of Reason, Orpheus, A Midsummer Eve's Dream and a play, Ladies from the Sea.