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Jock : a life story of John Shaw Neilson /
Cliff Hanna.
imprint
St. Lucia, Qld. : University of Queensland Press ; Portland, Or. : Distributed in the USA and Canada by International Specialized Book Services, 1999.
description
xii, 321 p. : ill., map, ports. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
070223088X
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imprint
St. Lucia, Qld. : University of Queensland Press ; Portland, Or. : Distributed in the USA and Canada by International Specialized Book Services, 1999.
isbn
070223088X
catalogue key
3554577
 
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Main Description
John Shaw Neilson has been venerated as one of the finest lyrists in all English literature. Legends have been woven around the man with the unique gift, the genius who gave us the best poetry ever written in Australia. In this unconventional, compellingly readable study, Cliff Hanna puts to rest many of the myths that have grown up around the man his family called Jock. An authoritative biography drawing on all the known material about Neilson, Jock wears its scholarship lightly. Hanna tells a powerful story of a man driven, through relentloess hardship and family tragedy, to express his deepest feelings in a unique poetic voice.
Main Description
In this unconventional, compellingly readable study, Cliff Hanna puts to rest many of the myths that have grown up around the man his family called Jock. For thirty years Hanna has immersed himself in a detailed study of Neilson's poetry, notebooks and correspondence. Over that time he became familiar with the endless horizons of the mallee country and the self-contained Celtic folklore of Neilson's birthplace, and developed close friendships with members of the Neilson family. Many of the photographs included here have never been published before. An authoritative biography drawing on all the known material about Neilson, Jock wears its scholarship lightly. Hanna tells a powerful story of a man driven, through relentless hardship and family tragedy, to express his deepest feelings in a unique poetic voice.
Table of Contents
Author's Notep. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Ward 9 -- East Wing: early morning, May 11, 1942p. 1
The McFarlane/Neilson/Shaw Family Treep. 4
1840-1895
'And the Tender Mothers'p. 5
Camerons'Townp. 20
The First-Bornp. 28
The Land of Childrenp. 44
The Poor Poor Countryp. 54
A Fresh Beginningp. 79
1895-1928
Back to Square Onep. 105
Intermission: Storytellers and Gravediggersp. 126
The Poet and His Mentorp. 129
'Sing me a song that never dies'p. 154
Pick and Shovel Manp. 181
The Wandererp. 208
1928-1942
The Poet versus the Godfatherp. 235
Life in Stony Townp. 251
'Say Summer shall not die'p. 272
The Old Foreman-in-the-Gloomp. 287
Sources and Contextsp. 292
Index of Poemsp. 312
Indexp. 315
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