John Shaw Neilson

John Shaw Neilson : A life in letters

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John Shaw Neilson (1872-1942) is one of Australia's finest and best-loved lyric poets. This comprehensive selection of letters to, from and about him fills a long-felt need, providing a vivid personal and social history. Helen Hewson has chosen and edited her material from more than a thousand existing letters, most of which have not been published previously. This complex poet participated in an intricate network of literary relationships and literary production, and it is only through reading the letters that one realizes the degree to which he reflected on his own and other people's poetry and writing.
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  • Paperback | 277 pages
  • 157.5 x 233.7 x 40.6mm | 997.91g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 0522849202
  • 9780522849202
  • 2,168,263

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"It reflects scholarly research of a high order. Unquestionably it will be difficult to write confidently on Neilson in future without this book as a fundamental reference." --"Sydney Morning Herald"
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About Helen Hewson

Helen Hewson is an honorary research associate of the department of English at the University of Sydney. She was awarded the Dame Leonie Kramer Prize for the best doctoral thesis in Australian poetry 1995 for her thesis "Shaw Neilson: Collected Letters," and in 1990 won the New South Wales Journalists' Prize for "Essay in Australian Literature."
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