AustLit logo
NLA image of person
R. F. Brissenden R. F. Brissenden i(A13855 works by) (birth name: Robert Francis Brissenden) (a.k.a. Bob Brissenden)
Born: Established: 1928 Wentworthville, Parramatta area, Sydney, New South Wales, ; Died: Ceased: 1991 Canberra, Australian Capital Territory,
Gender: Male
The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.

BiographyHistory

R. F. Brissenden was born at Wentworthville, New South Wales, and was educated at Cowra High School and the Universities of Sydney and Leeds. Leaving a tutorship at the University of Melbourne in 1953, he spent the rest of his academic career in Canberra at the Canberra University College (later the Australian National University).

Brissenden built a strong reputation as a critic and commentator on Australian and American literature and was highly regarded as a scholar of eighteenth century literature. In the 1960s he was encouraged by others to resume the writing of poetry he had abandoned as an undergraduate, publishing his first collection Winter Matins in 1971. Several books of poetry followed, displaying his strong attraction to the sea and his concern for conservationist issues.

Brissenden was a member of the Literature Board of the Australia Council and the Academy of the Humanities and edited several publications, including Meanjin (1959-64). In 1982 he was made AO for his services to literature. He retired in 1985 due to the onset of Parkinson's disease, but continued to write, pursuing his long-held interest in crime fiction. Two volumes of a planned trilogy were published before his death in 1991.

Brother of Alan Brissenden (qv)

Most Referenced Works

Last amended 22 Jan 2014 10:33:56
Other mentions of "" in AustLit:
    X