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- Scholarly Musings
In Search of Charles Harpur
With Michael Falk
Charles Harpur (1813-68) is a mysterious man. He was one of the great Romantic poets, a self-taught genius with a weird and mystical worldview. He was a radical, who helped to develop Australian democracy. He was a fine writer, who turned Australia’s beautiful landscape and savage frontier into brilliant poetry. But few records remain of his outward life, and 150 years after his death, he is still a mystery. In this talk, Michael Falk will describe his search for Harpur, and the challenge of interpreting the life and work of such a half-visible man.
Michael Falk studied English and Law at the University of Sydney, before moving to England to complete his PhD at the University of Kent. His research covers Romanticism, Digital Humanities and Colonial Australian Literature. He has published and presented on a range of Romantic writers, and is now working on a biography of Charles Harpur.
Image: Charles Harpur, poet and critic, ca. 1865-1870 / photographed by Albert Lomer. Call Number P1/716