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Murray, Les A. 1938-

Works: 334 works in 953 publications in 5 languages and 15,145 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Literatures  Novels in verse  Documentary films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Motion pictures  Autographs  Fiction  Biography  Autobiographies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Other, Contributor, Compiler, Speaker
Classifications: PR9619.3.M83, 821
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Most widely held works about Les A Murray
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Most widely held works by Les A Murray
The New Oxford book of Australian verse( Book )

35 editions published between 1986 and 2002 in English and held by 928 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An extensive survey of Australian poetry from the earliest days of European settlement to the mid-1980s
Learning human : selected poems by Les A Murray( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a collection of poems, written since 1965, that the author considers to be his best work
Fredy Neptune : a novel in verse by Les A Murray( Book )

26 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel in verse on the adventures of a German-Australian sailor early this century, eg. "The first I heard that the War had really come / was a black-faced officer with a target and a church / on his cap, directing sailors to rip / our decks up, for the coal below. / I turned out of my hammock / to fight them--and our bos'un chucked me a shovel: / We're coaling that battlecruiser. / There! The English are after her!" By an Australian writer
Subhuman redneck poems by Les A Murray( Book )

27 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Satirical poetry by an Australian writer. On the subject of schools and teachers, he writes: "Where humans can't leave and mustn't complain / there some will emerge who enjoy giving pain."
Collected poems by Les A Murray( Book )

38 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Subhuman Redneck Poems was awarded the 1996 T.S. Eliot Prize. This collection, with Dog Fox Field (1991) and Translations from the Natural World (1993) is added to his expanded and corrected 1991 Collected Poems, bringing the first 60 years of his life into memorable focus."--Jacket
The daylight moon, and other poems by Les A Murray( Book )

30 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and Danish and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the publication of The Vernacular Republic in 1982, Les A. Murray has gained recognition as Australia's major poet and one of the best poets now writing anywhere in English. ... In The Daylight Moon and Other Poems, he offers a wide array of subject matter. There are polemics on religion and politics, a richly detailed account of a boat ride in the Kakadu National Park, and poems about deafness, a lottery winner, and "The Dream of Wearing Shorts Forever." This is work of vigor and freshness ... --Persea Books
Taller when prone : poems by Les A Murray( Book )

19 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Swedish and held by 491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taller When Prone is Les Murray's first volume of new poems since 2006's The Biplane Houses . With characteristic grace and dexterity, these poems combine a mastery of form with a matchless ear for the Australian vernacular. Many evoke rural life - its rhythms and rituals, the natural world, the landscape and the people who have shaped it
Dog fox field : poems by Les A Murray( Book )

18 editions published between 1990 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conscious and verbal by Les A Murray( Book )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A wonderful new collection by a wizard of contemporary poetryEverything widens with distance, in this perspective.The dog's paws, trotting, rotate his end of infinityand dam water feels a shiver few willow drapes share.Bright leaks through their wigwam re-purple the skinny beansthen rapidly the light tops treetops and is shortenedinto a day. Everywhere stands pat beside its shadowfor the great bald radiance never seen in dreams. -from "Aurora Prone"In July 1996, the Australian press reported that after three weeks in a coma, the country's greatest poet, Les Murray, was again "conscious and verbal." Shortly thereafter, Murray resumed his work in words, and over the next four years he wrote these sixty-five poems, which, in their different ways, literally or sensually, replay that dreamy announcement of the perpetually waking world. Conscious and Verbal is one of the legendary poet's richest, fullest, and most imaginative books to date
The biplane houses by Les A Murray( Book )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'The Biplane Houses' is a poetry collection from Les Murray, an Australian poet and winner of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry
Poems the size of photographs by Les A Murray( Book )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and German and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the latest collection of brief, humorous and insightful poems from the prize-winning Australian poet. This accessible and beautiful book will appeal to both occasional and dedicated poetry readers
Translations from the natural world : poems by Les A Murray( Book )

28 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Translations from the Natural World, Les Murray's new collection of poems, is, like all his work, rich in inventiveness, perception, and a rare delight in the mimetic powers of language. Its centerpiece is Presence, a sequence of forty "translations from the natural world" about a variety of natural settings and their amazing denizens. Lyre birds, honeycombs, sea lions, cuttlefish, and possums all act as spurs to Murray's protean talents for description and imitation. As Lachlan MacKinnon wrote in The Times Literary Supplement, "These poems, a grand tour of the given, are a great hymn to the particularities in which God's creative generosity is expressed, and they will be widely enjoyed and admired. Their technical and linguistic largesse confirms ... that Les Murray is one of the very finest poets in whom the English language is now at work."
Australia Land beyond time by David Flatman( Visual )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Australia is the world's largest island and smallest continent. It is an exotic and intriguing land shaped by it's isolation from all other lands. With thousands of miles of red desert sand dunes that characterize its famous Outback and lush coastal rainforests rich in unique wildlife, Australia is a place of extremes. Go on a breathtaking journey back in time to witness the birth and evolution of a mysterious land that harbors remnants of Earth's earliest life and many of its strangest creatures that exist nowhere else on the planet
The boys who stole the funeral : a novel sequence by Les A Murray( Book )

25 editions published between 1979 and 1993 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Narrative told through 140 sonnets, describing the theft of a country boy's body, to provide him with a country funeral and burial
New selected poems by Robert Minhinnick( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A new selection from Les Murray, Australia's finest poet"--
Fivefathers : five Australian poets of the pre-academic era( Book )

12 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'This book, ' writes Les Murray, 'presents to British and European readers selections from the work of five leading Australian poets of the generation before mine.' They are, with Judith Wright, A.D. Hope and Gwen Harwood - who are happily available in British editions - key figures in 'a Golden Age of Australian poetry which paradoxically coincided with its greatest marginalisation'. Murray's characteristically vivid and emphatic introductory essays to the poets, of whom he is in a real sense himself made, as heir and successor, and his 'essential' selections from their work, are personal and challenging. He evokes the writers' circumstances, the trajectories of their very different work, and he suggests why their accomplishments have been eclipsed in the wider bourse of English-language literary reputations. The Academy has much to answer for, yet the freedom the poets enjoyed was partly a result of their very neglect by institutions
Selected poems by Les A Murray( Book )

7 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected Poems is the latest, completely up-to-date collection of Les Murray's poetry. It comprises what Murray himself considers his most successfully realised poems, drawn from all his collections up to and including The Biplane Houses but not including his two verse novels. It is the first port of call for anyone wanting to experience the poetry of Les Murray, whether it be those who have always loved his work or those wanting an introduction to Australia's greatest poet. It is a distillation of Murray's best work and an ideal introduction. Les Murray lives in Bunyah, near Taree in New South
The vernacular republic : selected poems by Les A Murray( Book )

6 editions published between 1980 and 1982 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Waiting for the past by Les A Murray( Book )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les Murray's new volume of poems - his first in five years - continues his use of molten language. From 'The Black Beaches' to 'Radiant Pleats, Mulgoa', from 'High Speed Trap Space' to 'The Electric, 1960', this is verse that renews and transforms our sense of the world. 'No poet has ever travelled like this, whether in reality or simply in mind ...Seeing the shape or hearing the sound of one thing in another, he finds forms' - Clive James, The Monthly 'Would somebody please, please give this guy his Nobel Prize?' - John Timpane, The Philadelphia Enquirer
Killing the black dog : a memoir of depression by Les A Murray( Book )

9 editions published between 1997 and 2015 in English and German and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the last day of 1985, I went home to live in Bunyah, the farming valley I had left some twenty-nine years earlier. My wife and our younger children followed two days later--at last I was going home, to care for my father in his old age and to live in the place from which I'd always felt displaced. What I didn't know was that I was heading home in order to go mad. Killing the Black Dog is Les Murray's frank and courageous account of his struggle with depression. Since this essay first appeared, hosts of readers have drawn insight from his account of the disease, its social effects and its origins in his family's history. Murray describes how patches of daylight now balance out those of darkness in his life
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Learning human : selected poems
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English (404)

German (8)

Swedish (4)

Dutch (2)

Danish (1)

Learning human : selected poemsFredy Neptune : a novel in verseSubhuman redneck poemsCollected poemsTaller when prone : poemsDog fox field : poemsConscious and verbalThe biplane houses