Frank Wilmot


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Wilmot, Frank

 

(pseudonym, Furnley Maurice). Born Apr. 6, 1881, in Melbourne; died there Feb. 22, 1942. Australian poet.

Wilmot was the son of the secretary of the first socialist group in the state of Victoria. In 1932 he became manager of Mel-bourne University Press. His works were first published in 1897. From 1901 to 1902, Wilmot published the humor magazine The Microbe. Social inequality was the theme of his collections Some Verses (1903) and Some More Verses (1904).

During World War I, Wilmot wrote antiwar poetry. In his collection Eyes of Vigilance (1920) he condemned social passivity. His verse in the collection Melbourne Odes (1934) reflected the economic depression and the poet’s yearning for nature. Wilmot was the author of verses for children( The Bay and Padie Book: Kiddie Songs, 1917), stories, plays, and essays.

WORKS

Romance. Melbourne, 1922.
Poems. Melbourne, 1944.

REFERENCES

Palmer, V. Frank Wilmot (Furnley Maurice). Melbourne, 1942.
Macartney, F. Furnley Maurice. Sydney [1955].
Anderson, H. Frank Wilmot (Furnley Maurice}: A Bibliography and a Criticism. Melbourne, 1955.
Wilde, W. H. Three Radicals. London, 1969.

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