Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 November 2001

200 Pages

7.8 x 5.0 inches

ISBN: 9780719054488

Bookseller Code (06)


Les Murray

Steven Matthews

Published by Manchester University Press

Contemporary World Writers MUP

  • Les Murray is amongst the most gifted poets writing today, his multi-faceted talents have received high praise both in his native Australia and beyond
  • But he has also proved a controversial figure, whose poetry strays across the boundaries of political and cultural debate
  • The only full critical study of Murray's work available, Steven Matthews provides a complete picture of his career to date, from its early parables of national emergence to the working man's epic encounter with the major events of the twentieth century, Fredy Neptune
  • Provides detailed readings of key poems, as well as literary and cultural contexts for the rapid shifts in style and subject matter Murray has made from collection to collection
  • Gives an overview of Murray's place within Australian literature and national thought