Maurice, Furnley

▪ Australian poet
pseudonym of  Frank Leslie Thompson Wilmot  
born April 6, 1881, Collingwood, Vic., Australia
died Feb. 22, 1942, Melbourne

      Australian poet, best known for his book To God: From the Warring Nations (1917), a powerful indictment of the waste, cruelty, and stupidity of war. He was also the author of lyrics, satirical verses, and essays.

      At age 14 Wilmot worked in a Melbourne bookshop, rising to the position of manager. When the business was dissolved in 1929, he operated as an independent bookseller for three years but, finding this unprofitable, became manager of the Melbourne University Press, a post he held until his death.

      He began to write poetry before he was 20, contributing his earliest work to the Tocsin, a Melbourne labour paper. His first book, Some Verses, was published in 1903 under his real name, and a year later More Verses appeared but was withdrawn shortly after publication. Neither of these books attracted much attention, and so their embarrassed author took the pen name Furnley Maurice. Unconditioned Songs (1913) caused a small stir, but it was not until To God: From the Warring Nations appeared in 1917 that critics began to take an interest in Wilmot's work. In the same year, he brought out The Bay and Padie Book: Kiddie Songs, highly successful children's verse that went through three editions in the next nine years. Eyes of Vigilance (1920) contained what is considered some of his best poetry. Of his later volumes, Melbourne Odes (1934) contains the ode that won him the Melbourne centenary prize in 1934.

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