Les Murray  

(1938-)Australia

Les Murray, born October 1938, is a prominent Australian poet who has published 16 poetry collections since 1965. He lives on a small former farm at Bunyah, the rural district in which he grew up. Some of his collections have been published in translation, notably in German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, French, Italian, Slovenian, Macedonia and Spanish, and he has won notable prizes in several of the listed languages. Prominent prizes in English that have come his way home have included the Petrarch Prize, the T.S. Eliot Prize, Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and the Mondello Prize in Italy. Conflict is a diminishing theme in his writing, and plays a lesser role now than in earlier years, being set aside very largely by subjects of rural life and the Lord. He has tended to resist urgings to concentrate on urban subjects.

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