John Arnold reviews 'Passions of a mighty heart: The selected letters of G.W.L. Marshall-Hall' edited by Suzanne Robinson

Passions of a Mighty Heart: Selected letters of G.W.L. Marshall-Hall

edited by Suzanne Robinson

Lyrebird Press $55 pb, 240 pp, 9780734037800

George Marshall-Hall was a towering figure both physically and intellectually in Melbourne in the last decade of the nineteenth century and the first of the twentieth. Standing six-foot-three in his socks, the English-born and -educated musician was appointed the inaugural Ormond Professor of Music at the University of Melbourne in 1890. Following his arrival from London, he soon made friends with kindred bohemian spirits such as Lionel and Norman Lindsay, and with artists Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton, regularly camping with them on their plein air painting expeditions.

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Published in August 2016, no. 383
John Arnold

John Arnold

John Arnold recently retired from Monash University after twenty-three years with the National Centre for Australian Studies. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash. He was the co-editor (with John Hay) of the four-volume Bibliography of Australian Literature (2001–08) and author of The Fanfrolico Press: Satyrs, Fauns and Fine Books (2008). He edits the La Trobe Journal.