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Tony Hassall

Tony Hassall is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at James Cook University.

Tony Hassall reviews 'The Complete Poems of T.H. Jones' edited by Don Dale-Jones and P. Bernard Jones

May 2009, no. 311 01 May 2009
In 1950 a friend presented the young Welsh poet T.H. Jones with a hand-made, leather-bound octavo notebook, the ‘Black Book’ into which he subsequently copied every completed poem he wished to preserve until shortly before his untimely death in 1965 at the age of forty-three. The Collected Poems of T. Harri Jones (1977) included a brief selection of unpublished poems from this notebook, as wel ... (read more)

'Vanishing wunderkind: The great oeuvre of the enigmatic Stow' by Tony Hassall

September 2009, no. 314 01 September 2009
The judges of the early Miles Franklin Awards clearly knew what they were about. Their inaugural award went to Patrick White’s Voss in 1957; the second to Randolph Stow’s To the Islands in 1958. At the time, White was in the early stages of a distinguished career that would bring him Australia’s only Nobel Prize for Literature, while the precocious Stow also promised great things. Hailed as ... (read more)

Tony Hassall reviews 'Bruce Dawe: Life cycle' by Stephany Evans Steggall

February 2010, no. 318 29 September 2022
The flyer for the Brisbane launch of this new biography of Australia’s most popular living poet described Stephany Evans Steggall and Bruce Dawe as ‘joint authors’, and while the title page lists Evans Steggall alone as its author, there is a sense in which the poet is indeed co-author of this collaborative account of his life. The title comes from one of his best-known poems, and the chapte ... (read more)