The Heart of James McAuley by Peter Coleman

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April 2007, no. 290

The Heart of James McAuley by Peter Coleman

Connor Court Publishing, $29.95 pb, 133 pp

The Heart of James McAuley by Peter Coleman

by
April 2007, no. 290

It is now thirty years since James McAuley died, and more has been written about him in that time than about any other Australian poet. Poets are not usually of great biographical importance unless they are also caught up in historical and political events, or are a kind of phenomenon like Byron or Rimbaud. McAuley was not a man of action, but he was associated with a number of events which were significant in Australian development and culture; and a large, some would say inordinate, part of his life and energy went into politics and polemics. He became something of a public figure, and, as he himself recognised, the lives of such figures quickly become public property. Any book about him is bound to be of interest.

Vivian Smith reviews 'The Heart of James McAuley' by Peter Coleman

The Heart of James McAuley

by Peter Coleman

Connor Court Publishing, $29.95 pb, 133 pp

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