Bruce beaver

Bruce Victor Beaver (February 14, 1928 - February 17, 2004) was an Australian poet and novelist who was a major force in Australian poetry in the 1960s and 1970s.[1]


Beaver was born in Manly, New South Wales.[2] He was educated at the Manly Public School and at the Sydney Boys' High School.[3] He worked at a number of jobs, as a cow farmer, in radio, as a wages clerk, a surveyor's labourer, fruit-picker, proof-reader and journalist, before deciding to write full-time. From 1958 to 1962, he lived in New Zealand and Norfolk Island.

In 1961 Beaver's first book of poetry was published.[2] He wrote his first poem in response to the dropping of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima, and continued to write even while working as a labourer. Thanks to his marriage, he was able to become a full-time writer. Even though he suffered from bipolar disorder, Beaver was able to continue writing until close to his death in 2004.

Writing Edit

When asked to list their favourite books, Dorothy Porter named Bruce Beaver and is quoted as saying: "Bruce Beaver is one of Australia's greatest and most magical poets. I have been carrying his book Charmed Lives(UQP) around in my bag like an amulet. His poetry is pungent, discursive, feral, disturbing, wise and very funny. Charmed Lives is out of print. It shouldn't be."[4]





  • The Hot Summer. Sydney: Horwitz, 1963.
  • Hot Sands. Sydney: Horwitz, 1964.
  • The Hot Men. Sydney: Horwitz, 1965.
  • The Hot Spring. Sydney: Horwitz, 1965.
  • You Can't Come Back. Adelaide: Rigby, 1966.


  • As it was (autobiography). St. Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1979. 
  • Headlands: Prose sketches. St. Lucia, Qld, & New York: University of Queensland Press, 1986.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. "Bruce Beaver, Encyclopaedia Britannica,, Web, Mar. 2, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bruce Beaver "Beaver, Bruce (a.k.a. Beaver, Bruce Victor )". Austlit. Bruce Beaver. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  3. Australian Verse: An Illustrated Treasury, edited by Beatrice Davis, State Library of New South Wales Press, 1996
  4. "Tickling our fancy (December 11, 2004)". Melbourne: The Age. 2004-12-11. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  5. Search results = au:Bruce Beaver, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Apr. 26, 2014.

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