Vivian Smith

Vivian Smith was a professor at the University of Sydney until his retirement in the early 2000s. His first poetry collection, The Other Meaning, was published in 1956. He has edited several poetry anthologies.

Vivian Smith reviews 'Authority and Influence: Australian literary criticism, 1950–2000' edited by Delys Bird, Robert Dixon and Christopher Lee

May 2001, no. 230 01 May 2001
Vivian Smith reviews 'Authority and Influence: Australian literary criticism, 1950–2000' edited by Delys Bird, Robert Dixon and Christopher Lee
The problems that have bedevilled Australian literary criticism and literary history over the last twenty years have been worldwide. Histories, even quite short ones, now have to be written polyphonically, by committees of dozens of contributors. It is taken for granted that no single person could cover the whole field and the variety of critical perspectives, movements, genres, institutions and i ... (read more)

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

April 2007, no. 290 01 April 2007
Vivian Smith reviews 'The Heart of James McAuley' by Peter Coleman
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 s ... (read more)