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  • Author: Les Murray http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/murray-les
Issue Details: First known date: 1997 1997
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'Killing the Black Dog is Les Murray's courageous account of his struggle with depression, accompanied by poems specially selected by the author. Since the first edition appeared in 1997, hosts of readers have drawn insight from his account of the disease, its social effects and its origins in his family's history.

'As Murray writes in this revised and updated edition, the title was premature. He had mistaken a remission for a cure, and thought himself freed from the severe depressive illness which had twice invaded his life. Now, in a new afterword, he describes a relapse, but also shares some of the fruits of his further contemplation. He shows gratitude for help previously unacknowledged, and describes how patches of daylight now balance out those of darkness in his life. A further half dozen poems have been added, reflecting a more complex understanding of depression and its role in the lives of its sufferers.' (From Black Inc.'s website, abstract for the revised edition.)

Contents

* Contents derived from the Leichhardt, Glebe - Leichhardt - Balmain area, Sydney Inner West, Sydney, New South Wales,: Federation Press , 1997 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Killing the Black Dog, Les Murray , 1997 single work prose

''On the last day of 1985, I went home to live in Bunyah, the farming valley I had left some twenty-nine years earlier. My wife and our younger children followed two days later … at last I was going home, to care for my father in his old age and to live in the place from which I'd always felt displaced. What I didn't know was that I was heading home in order to go mad.'

'Killing the Black Dog is Les Murray's frank and courageous account of his struggle with depression. Since this essay first appeared, hosts of readers have drawn insight from his account of the disease, its social effects and its origins in his family's history. Murray describes how patches of daylight now balance out those of darkness in his life.' (Publication summary)

Les Murray and the Black Dog
(p. 1-24)
A Reticencei"After a silver summer", Les Murray , 1996 single work poetry (p. 23-24)
An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbowi"The word goes round Repins, the murmur goes round Lorenzinis,", Les Murray , 1967 single work poetry (p. 27-28)
Midsummer Icei"Remember how I used", Les Murray , 1981 single work poetry (p. 29)
A Torturer's Apprenticeshipi"Those years trapped in a middling cream town", Les Murray , 1990 single work poetry (p. 30)
An Erai"The poor were fat and the rich were lean.", Les Murray , 1990 single work poetry (p. 31)
The Past Ever Presenti"Love is always an awarded thing", Les Murray , 1989 single work poetry (p. 31)
Where Humans Can't Leave and Mustn't Complaini"Where humans can't leave, and mustn't complain,", Les Murray , 1991 single work poetry (p. 32)
Rock Musici"Sex is a Nazi. The students all knew", Les Murray , 1992 single work poetry (p. 33)
Cornichei"I work all day and hardly drink at all.", Les Murray , 1992 single work poetry (p. 34-35)
On Home Beachesi"Back, in my fifties, fatter than I was then,", Les Murray , 1994 single work poetry (p. 36)
The Beneficiariesi"Higamus hogamus", Les Murray , 1993 single work poetry (p. 36)
Performancei"I starred last night, I shone:", Les Murray , 1994 single work poetry (p. 37)
Memories of the Height-to-Weight Ratioi"I was a translator in the Institute back", Les Murray , 1994 single work poetry biography (p. 38-39)
A Stage of Gentrificationi"Most culture has been an East German plastic bag, pulled over our heads, stifling and wet.", Les Murray , 1995 single work poetry (p. 40)
Burning Wanti"From just on puberty, I lived in funeral:", Les Murray , 1995 single work poetry (p. 41-42)
Demoi"No. Not from me. Never.", Les Murray , 1996 single work poetry (p. 43-44)
The Head-Spideri"Where I lived once, a roller-coaster's range", Les Murray , 1996 single work poetry (p. 45)
One Kneeling, One Looking Downi"Half-buried timbers chained corduroy", Les Murray , 1996 single work poetry (p. 46-47)
Travels with John Hunteri"We who travel between worlds", Les Murray , 1996 single work poetry biography (p. 48-51)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title: Killing the Black Dog
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Black Inc. , 2009 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: v, 88p.p.
      Edition info: Rev. ed.
      Note/s:
      • Includes additional poems and a new afterword.
      ISBN: 9781863954471 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Seelenarbeit 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Der Spiegel , 27 August no. 35 2012; (p. 126)

— Review of Killing the Black Dog : Essay and Poems Les Murray 1997 selected work poetry prose
The Angry Muse Meghan O'Rourke , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 3 April 2011; (p. 16)

— Review of Killing the Black Dog : Essay and Poems Les Murray 1997 selected work poetry prose
Untitled Fred Muratori , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Library Journal , 1 March vol. 136 no. 4 2011; (p. 79-80)

— Review of Taller When Prone Les Murray 2010 selected work poetry ; Killing the Black Dog : Essay and Poems Les Murray 1997 selected work poetry prose
Big Les! Michael Hofmann , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Poetry , October vol. 199 no. 1 2011; (p. 57-67)

— Review of Taller When Prone Les Murray 2010 selected work poetry ; Killing the Black Dog : Essay and Poems Les Murray 1997 selected work poetry prose
Learning the Black Dog Inside and Releasing Its Ghosts Ian McFarlane , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 3 October 2009; (p. 16)

— Review of Killing the Black Dog : Essay and Poems Les Murray 1997 selected work poetry prose
Once Bitten Andrew Stephens , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 10 October 2009; (p. 18)

— Review of Killing the Black Dog : Essay and Poems Les Murray 1997 selected work poetry prose
Off the Shelf : Memoir Lorien Kaye , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 17 October 2009; (p. 28)

— Review of Killing the Black Dog : Essay and Poems Les Murray 1997 selected work poetry prose
Parry and Front: Les Murray Revisits the Black Dog Chris Wallace-Crabbe , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 316 2009; (p. 26-27)

— Review of Killing the Black Dog : Essay and Poems Les Murray 1997 selected work poetry prose
Untitled Nicola Robinson , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , October vol. 89 no. 3 2009; (p. 34)

— Review of Killing the Black Dog : Essay and Poems Les Murray 1997 selected work poetry prose
Terrible Self-Knowledge Peter Goldsworthy , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , December vol. 4 no. 11 2009; (p. 22)

— Review of Unparalleled Sorrow : Finding My Way Back from Depression Barry Dickins 2009 single work autobiography ; Killing the Black Dog : Essay and Poems Les Murray 1997 selected work poetry prose
Journeys with a Black Dog Ross Fitzgerald , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12-13 December 2009; (p. 33)

— Review of Unparalleled Sorrow : Finding My Way Back from Depression Barry Dickins 2009 single work autobiography ; Killing the Black Dog : Essay and Poems Les Murray 1997 selected work poetry prose
Untitled Ian McFarlane , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Voice : A Journal of Comment and Review , December no. 32 2009; (p. 35-37)

— Review of Killing the Black Dog : Essay and Poems Les Murray 1997 selected work poetry prose
Transmuting the Black Dog: The Mob and the Body in the Poetry of Les Murray Gary Clark , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 16 no. 1 2002; (p. 19-24)
Les Murray's "Narrowspeak" Peter Pierce , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 20 no. 2 2001; (p. 76-86)
Examines Murray's prose which he has spoken of as "Narrowspeak", in comparison to the "Wholespeak" of poetry.
Australian Poetry's Uluru and Iturkawara Jim Tulip , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , Summer vol. 57 no. 4 1997-1998; (p. 191-198)

— Review of Subhuman Redneck Poems Les Murray 1996 selected work poetry ; A Working Forest : Selected Prose Les Murray 1997 selected work prose autobiography review column criticism obituary ; Killing the Black Dog : Essay and Poems Les Murray 1997 selected work poetry prose ; Collected Poems Geoffrey Lehmann 1997 selected work poetry ; Counterbalancing Light : Essays on the Poetry of Les Murray 1997 anthology criticism
Learning the Black Dog Inside and Releasing Its Ghosts Ian McFarlane , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 3 October 2009; (p. 16)

— Review of Killing the Black Dog : Essay and Poems Les Murray 1997 selected work poetry prose
Once Bitten Andrew Stephens , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 10 October 2009; (p. 18)

— Review of Killing the Black Dog : Essay and Poems Les Murray 1997 selected work poetry prose
Off the Shelf : Memoir Lorien Kaye , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 17 October 2009; (p. 28)

— Review of Killing the Black Dog : Essay and Poems Les Murray 1997 selected work poetry prose
Parry and Front: Les Murray Revisits the Black Dog Chris Wallace-Crabbe , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 316 2009; (p. 26-27)

— Review of Killing the Black Dog : Essay and Poems Les Murray 1997 selected work poetry prose
Untitled Nicola Robinson , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , October vol. 89 no. 3 2009; (p. 34)

— Review of Killing the Black Dog : Essay and Poems Les Murray 1997 selected work poetry prose
Terrible Self-Knowledge Peter Goldsworthy , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , December vol. 4 no. 11 2009; (p. 22)

— Review of Unparalleled Sorrow : Finding My Way Back from Depression Barry Dickins 2009 single work autobiography ; Killing the Black Dog : Essay and Poems Les Murray 1997 selected work poetry prose
Journeys with a Black Dog Ross Fitzgerald , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12-13 December 2009; (p. 33)

— Review of Unparalleled Sorrow : Finding My Way Back from Depression Barry Dickins 2009 single work autobiography ; Killing the Black Dog : Essay and Poems Les Murray 1997 selected work poetry prose
Untitled Ian McFarlane , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Voice : A Journal of Comment and Review , December no. 32 2009; (p. 35-37)

— Review of Killing the Black Dog : Essay and Poems Les Murray 1997 selected work poetry prose
Seelenarbeit 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Der Spiegel , 27 August no. 35 2012; (p. 126)

— Review of Killing the Black Dog : Essay and Poems Les Murray 1997 selected work poetry prose
The Angry Muse Meghan O'Rourke , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 3 April 2011; (p. 16)

— Review of Killing the Black Dog : Essay and Poems Les Murray 1997 selected work poetry prose
Untitled Fred Muratori , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Library Journal , 1 March vol. 136 no. 4 2011; (p. 79-80)

— Review of Taller When Prone Les Murray 2010 selected work poetry ; Killing the Black Dog : Essay and Poems Les Murray 1997 selected work poetry prose
Big Les! Michael Hofmann , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Poetry , October vol. 199 no. 1 2011; (p. 57-67)

— Review of Taller When Prone Les Murray 2010 selected work poetry ; Killing the Black Dog : Essay and Poems Les Murray 1997 selected work poetry prose
Australian Poetry's Uluru and Iturkawara Jim Tulip , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , Summer vol. 57 no. 4 1997-1998; (p. 191-198)

— Review of Subhuman Redneck Poems Les Murray 1996 selected work poetry ; A Working Forest : Selected Prose Les Murray 1997 selected work prose autobiography review column criticism obituary ; Killing the Black Dog : Essay and Poems Les Murray 1997 selected work poetry prose ; Collected Poems Geoffrey Lehmann 1997 selected work poetry ; Counterbalancing Light : Essays on the Poetry of Les Murray 1997 anthology criticism
Transmuting the Black Dog: The Mob and the Body in the Poetry of Les Murray Gary Clark , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 16 no. 1 2002; (p. 19-24)
Les Murray's "Narrowspeak" Peter Pierce , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 20 no. 2 2001; (p. 76-86)
Examines Murray's prose which he has spoken of as "Narrowspeak", in comparison to the "Wholespeak" of poetry.
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