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Peter Rose

Peter Rose

In 2001 Peter Rose became the Editor of Australian Book Review. Previously he was a publisher at Oxford University Press throughout the 1990s. He has published several books of poetry, a family memoir, Rose Boys, and two novels, the most recent being Roddy Parr (Fourth Estate, 2010). He edited the 2007 and 2008 editions of The Best Australian Poems (Black Inc.). His newest book of poems is Rag (Gazebo Books, 2023). Peter Rose’s long experience in publishing and the literary world complements the magazine’s history of central involvement in Australian letters.

'Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: A brilliant revival of the Red Stitch production' by Peter Rose

ABR Arts 05 July 2024
The contrast could hardly be more stark. Late last year, Red Stitch’s production of Edward Albee’s play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, directed by Sarah Goodes, began life at the company’s eighty-seat theatre nestled in East St Kilda. It sold out, became the talk of the town, and attracted positive reviews. Usually, that’s how things end. Ben Brooker, reviewing it for ABR Arts, deemed ... (read more)

Peter Rose reviews ‘Long Island’ by Colm Tóibín

July 2024, no. 466 20 June 2024
Enniscorthy, a town in County Wexford, was Colm Tóibín’s birthplace in 1955. His father was a schoolteacher and local historian. Micheál Tóibín died young, when Colm was twelve, an early loss explored in Tóibín’s novel Nora Webster (2014), in which the eponymous widow’s son Donal is likewise twelve and a stammerer. In 2009, Tóibín published Brooklyn, which moves between Ennisco ... (read more)

Peter Rose reviews ‘Hazzard and Harrower: The letters’ edited by Brigitta Olubas and Susan Wyndham

June 2024, no. 465 22 May 2024
‘Everyone allows that the talent of writing agreeable letters is peculiarly female.’ So said Jane Austen in Northanger Abbey. Even allowing for Regency hyperbole, there is some truth in the sally. We think of the inimitable letters of Emily Dickinson, who once wrote to a succinct correspondent: ‘It were dearer had you protracted it, but the Sparrow must not propound his crumb.’ In 2001, ... (read more)

'Lucia di Lammermoor: Melbourne Opera tackles Donizetti’s masterwork' by Peter Rose

ABR Arts 14 May 2024
There was a real sense of occasion on Thursday evening before the opening performance of Melbourne Opera’s new production of Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, first performed in 1835, with a libretto by Salvatore Cammarano, based on Sir Walter Scott’s novel The Bride of Lammermoor (1819). Bagpipes summoned us along Collins Street. Inside, the Athenaeum Theatre seemed close to full. B ... (read more)

Editorial - April 2002

April 2002, no. 240 01 April 2002
Occasionally, we bring you thematic issues. The April issue is a good example, the first half being devoted to art and art history. This seemed timely, because of the abundance of major publishing in this area and the energy and controversy generated by current debates about the genre. Janine Burke’s study of Albert Tucker, Australian Gothic, has been the subject of much discussion since its pu ... (read more)

Peter Rose reviews ‘Great Music Makers’ by Louis Kahan (intro. Michael Shmith)

March 2006, no. 279 01 March 2006
ABR readers may be more familiar with Louis Kahan’s illustrations for Clem Christesen’s Meanjin or with his portrait of Patrick White (which won the Archibald Prize in 1965) than with his sketches of musicians, but this stylish book from Macmillan Art Publishing reveals not just the fluidity of Kahan’s style but also his passion for music and music-makers. And what a range of artists he coul ... (read more)

Peter Rose reviews ‘Things I Didn’t Know: A Memoir’ by Robert Hughes and ‘North Face of Soho: Unreliable Memoirs, Volume IV’ by Clive James

December 2006–January 2007, no. 287 01 December 2006
In the early 1980s, Clive James met William Shawn – at the Algonquin, of course. Shawn, the long-time editor of the New Yorker, invited James to become the magazine’s television critic. James, though awed by the offer, quickly said no, perhaps the first time this had happened to Shawn since World War II, he speculates in North Face of Soho, the fourth volume of his Unreliable Memoirs. Had Jame ... (read more)

Peter Rose reviews ‘The Oxford Book of American Poetry’ by David Lehman

December 2006–January 2007, no. 287 01 December 2006
Thirty years have passed since Richard Ellmann’s magisterial New Oxford Book of American Verse: a hard act to follow. Now David Lehman – poet and founder of the Best American Poetry series – has produced a successor. It is even longer than the Ellmann, and similarly generous in its individual choices. There is no stinting here, no mark of the tyranny of permissions that blights so many antho ... (read more)