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Lisa Gorton

Lisa Gorton

Lisa Gorton, who lives in Melbourne, is a poet, novelist, and critic, and a former Poetry Editor of ABR. She studied at the Universities of Melbourne and Oxford. A Rhodes Scholar, she completed a Masters in Renaissance Literature and a Doctorate on John Donne at Oxford University, and was awarded the John Donne Society Award for Distinguished Publication in Donne Studies. Her first poetry collection, Press Release (2007), won the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry. She has also been awarded the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize. A second poetry collection followed in 2013: Hotel Hyperion (also Giramondo). Lisa has also written a children’s novel, Cloudland (2008). Her novel The Life of Houses (2015) shared the 2016 Prime Minister’s Award for fiction. She is the editor of The Best Australian Poems 2013 (Black Inc.).

Lisa Gorton reviews 'Andrew Marvell: The chameleon' by Nigel Smith

September 2011, no. 334 23 August 2011
In 1629, Charles I of England sent Daniel Nys to Europe to buy art. Along with works by Titian and Rubens, Nys bought Mantegna’s masterpiece, The Triumphs of Caesar (1486–92). This work on nine large panels is at once sombre and full of wonders. Of its time the most accurate representation of Roman customs and costumes, it is also a work in which precision has a strange effect, almost of tende ... (read more)

Lisa Gorton reviews 'Katherine Mansfield: The Story Teller' by Kathleen Jones

February 2011, no. 328 01 February 2011
Virginia Woolf’s cook brought the news in January 1923 that Katherine Mansfield had died. Nelly said in her sensational way at breakfast on Friday, ‘Mrs. Murry’s dead! It says so in the paper!’ At that, one feels what? A shock of relief? A rival the less? Then confusion at feeling so little then, gradually, blankness and disappointment; then a depression which I could not rouse myself f ... (read more)
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