Author(s): Adrian Mitchell
Henry Kendall was once regarded as Australia’s finest poet, compared
favourably with Wordsworth. His poetry was romantic, sentimental in
its celebration of the Australian bush he loved. But he was more Henry
Lawson than John Keats: a self-pitying wife deserter, cadger and
drunkard. And it ran in the family.
In this intriguing work of literary investigation, celebrated author
and historian Adrian Mitchell delves deep into Kendall’s storied life
and uncovers a dark past that casts new shadows on his legacy. He discovers that this habitually self-effacing poet had good reason to
keep himself and his family out of the limelight. This is the true story
of Henry Kendall, his parents and his grandparents – and he had every
reason to dread it being made public.