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Rosemary Dobson

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Born in 1920, Rosemary Dobson’s first book, In a Convex Mirror, was published in 1944. Forty years and nine books later, she received the 1984 Patrick White Award for her many achievements as writer, editor, reviewer and translator. She was awarded the AO, and received the degree of Hon. D. Litt. from the University of Sydney. The Australia Council presented her with the prestigious Writer’s Emeritus Award in 1996. Her excellent fourteenth volume Untold Lives and Later Poems won the 2001 Age Book of the Year Award. Rosemary Dobson: Collected (UQP, 2012) collects and celebrates the work of her long and distinguished career, bringing together a vast and striking body of work.

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Rosemary Dobson: Collected
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Rosemary Dobson

Dobson herself has spoken of her poetry as ‘part of a search for something only fugitively glimpsed, a state of grace which one once knew, or imagined, or from which one was turned away.