Peter Porter

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Birthday
16, 1929
Birthplace
Brisbane, Australia
Death Date
Apr 23, 2010 (81)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
16, 1929
Birthplace
Brisbane, Australia
Death Date
Apr 23, 2010 (81)

About

Australian-born British poet whose works include Automatic Oracle, Once Bitten Twice Bitten, and Better Than God. His numerous literary honors include the Whitbread Poetry Award and the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal.

Before Fame

His mother died when he was nine years old. He studied at the Church of England Grammar School until the age of eighteen.

Trivia

He met Jill Neville while traveling from Australia to England in 1951. Afterwards, Neville made Porter a character in her 1966 novel The Fall Girl.

Family Life

He had two daughters with his first wife, Shirley Jannice Henry. Seventeen years after Henry committed suicide, Porter married psychologist Christine Berg.

Associated With

He was influenced by the work of poet Wallace Stevens.