Imprint: Australian Scholarly Publishing

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925003802
Released: November 2014

A$39.95 Buy now

Wild Bleak Bohemia: Marcus Clarke, Adam Lindsay Gordon & Henry Kendall

By Michael Wilding

Meticulously using contemporary newspaper reports, court records, published memoirs, private letters and diaries, Michael Wilding tells the story of three troubled geniuses of Australian writing and their world of poetry and poverty, alcohol and opiates, horse-racing and theatre, journalism and publishing. Gordon shot himself, unable to pay the printer of his poems; Kendall ended up in a mental hospital after forging a cheque, and Clarke died bankrupt for a second time.


Winner of the 2015 Prime Minister's Literary Award for non-fiction


Categories: Biography, Poetry History and Criticism, Literature, Featured Titles

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