Kenneth Slessor

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Birthday
27, 1901
Birthplace
Australia
Death Date
Jun 30, 1971 (70)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
27, 1901
Birthplace
Australia
Death Date
Jun 30, 1971 (70)

About

Australian modernist poet known for Cuckooz Contrey, Earth Visitors, One Hundred Poems, and other poetry collections. Also a journalist, he worked as a World War II correspondent for the Sydney Sun.

Before Fame

He published his first poem at age sixteen, while he was a student at Sydney Church of England Grammar School. He published his first poetry collection, Thief of the Moon, in 1924.

Trivia

His best-known poems -- "Five Bells" and "Beach Burial" -- were written during the World War II years.

Family Life

He was born in New South Wales, Australia, and he spent a portion of his childhood in England. He married Noela Glasson in August of 1922.

Associated With

He was a literary contemporary of New Zealand-born poet Allen Curnow.

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