|Christopher Brennan (1870-1932)|
Christopher Brennan (1870-1932) was born in Sydney and educated at St Ignatius College on a scholarship founded by Cardinal Moran. After school he was expected to enrol in theology college but instead opted for Arts at the University of Sydney. He studied classics and philosophy and graduated in 1892. He won a scholarship in that year and travelled to the University of Berlin where he studied philosophy. Distracted by a love-affair and the attraction of French symbolist writers, he didn't complete his doctorate but returned to Sydney in 1894. He worked in the Public Library - while writing his first poetry - until 1909 when he was finally offered a position as a lecturer in modern literature at the University of Sydney, raising to associate professor in German and comparative literature. In 1897 Brennan publihsed a booklet of his poems titled XVIII Poems: Being the First Collection of Verse and Prose by Christopher Brennan, and followed this later in the year with XXI Poems: (1893-1897) Towards the Source. In December 1914 he published his major collection of works titled simply Poems, but which is usually referred to as Poems (1913).
Christopher Brennan died in 1932.
XVIII Poems: Being the First Collection of Verse and Prose by Christopher Brennan 1897
XXI Poems: (1893-1897) Towards the Source 1898
Poems (1913) 1914
A Chant of Doom and Other Verses 1918
The Prose of Christopher Brennan edited by A.R. Chisholm and J.J. Quinn, 1962
Christopher Brennan: The Man and his Poetry edited by A.R. Chisholm, 1946
New Perspectives on Brennan's Poetry by G.A. Wilkes, 1953
Christopher Brennan edited by Terry Sturm, 1984
You can read the full text of the following Brennan poems:Autumn
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