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Fivefathers

Edited by Les Murray

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ISBN: 978 1 857540 87 1
Categories: 20th Century, Anthologies, Australian
Imprint: FyfieldBooks
Published: April 1994
197 x 131 x 15 mm
96 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • `This book,' writes Les Murray, `presents to British and European readers selections from the work of five leading Australian poets of the generation before
    mine
    .' They are, with Judith Wright, A. D. Hope and Gwen Harwood-who are happily available in British editions-key figures in
    `a Golden Age of Australian poetry which paradoxically coincided with its greatest
    marginalisation
    '.

    Murray's characteristically vivid and emphatic introductory essays to the poets, of whom he is in a real sense himself made, as heir and successor, and his `essential' selections from their work, and he suggests why their accomplishments have been eclipsed in the wider bourse of English-language literary reputations. The Academy has much to answer for, yet the freedom the poets enjoyed was partly a result of their very neglect by institutions.

    Murray strikes effectively against `that imperial trap of exclusion', making the available map of our century's poetry larger and much richer.
    Les Murray was born in 1938 and grew up on a dairy farm at Bunyah on the north coast of New South Wales. He studied at Sydney University and later worked as a translator at the Australian National University and as an officer in the Prime Minister's Department. His real vocation ... read more
    Awards won by Les Murray Short-listed, 2015 T. S. Eliot Prize (Waiting for the Past ) Long-listed, 1994 for the Oxford Chair of Poetry. Winner, 1996 T.S. Eliot Prize for the best collection. (Subhuman Redneck Poems) Winner, 1999 Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.
    Praise for Les Murray 'Very occasionally you come across something on the page which makes you think ''you can't do any better than this.'' Perfection achieved.'
    BBC Radio 4's Saturday Review 
     'Waiting for the Past is a brilliant collection by a brilliant poet.'
    Anthony Domestico, Commonweal Magazine
    'Les Murray's Taller When Prone shows a poetic master nimbly and lyrically at work. Now seventy-two, Murray writes with the bigness of soul of a person twice his age. This collection adds another chuckie to the cairn of a remarkable personal achievement. A Nobel Prize for that man, please.'
    Robert Crawford, TLS Books Of The Year 2010
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