Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Rare Photo?

I think I've found a rare photograph of Christopher Brennen. It's in the Third Catholic Congress volume of 1908, and it shows the young Brennan looking particularly handsome. What do you think?

Friday, April 20, 2012

Update re: the Bibliography

Although I have not kept the bibliography that I am working on a secret, I have not broadcast the news extensively either. As a result it's known, but not widely known, and only a handful of peeps, so far, know of its progress. Anyway, I wanted to give a more detailed update than is my wont.

briefly, although I am concentrating on sighting items, writing abstracts and other notes, I have still been finding new entries out there. There is a lot out there, not just of biographical or critical material, but of other references that haven't been indexed in the one place. So it looks as though, although large, the bibliography will not be exhaustive.

One feature in common with AustLit, but not the previous Brennan bibliographies, is an emphasis on listing as many appearances by individual items as is possible. This means, for example, that there are going to be pieces (largely, but not exclusively from The Wanderer) that have a larger number of entries than others, and the publication history of some of the lesser-known poems has been complicated by partial reprints, and a yet-to-be-developed consensus on textual accuracy of extant drafts among Brennan scholars.

That aside, however, I am very positive about the project, and I hope to make this a landmark publication in Brennan studies, one that will remain the standard for many years.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Online resources: Trove newspapers and more

The following URL is for the Newspapers & more section of Trove:

It is a slowly growing collection of digitised newspaper articles from 1803 to 1954, and the collection covers the span of Brennan's life. The main problem I find with it is that it brings up a lot of dubious results, a lot of noise to the signal wanted, so you will need to sift through up to thousands of results at a time, but there is a lot of important material here, much of it missing from the standard bibliographies.

If you are looking specifically for Brennan material, you will need to do a number of searches, using initials for his given names, his first name, and his full name, as well, since he is referred to in a number of ways.

Monday, March 26, 2012


This blog is about the Australian poet Christopher John Brennan. In addition to posting works and excerpts of works by him, it will post updates on scholarship and criticism about him, as well as material about him that is in the public domain. The idea is to create a blog in supplement, and leading up to, the dedicated site that I shall be the webmaster of.