Vonda Stanley's collection of early Australian bush poems


Louis Esson 1879-1943

Thomas Buvelot Esson (Louis), born in Edingurgh, moved to Australia with his mother after his father died when Louis was three years old.  He majored in English and French at Melbourne University.  He was dissatisfied with Australian literary offerings of the time so travelled to France, England and Ireland.  It was in Ireland that he ws encouraged to return to Australia to write Australian material.  He started writing poetry but later turned hsi talents to short stories and plays. He is now seen as the father of modern Australian drama.

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