by George J. Dance

Louis Esson

Louis Esson (1878-1943). Courtesy National Library of Australia.

Thomas Louis Buvelot Esson (August 10, 1878 - November 27, 1943) was an Australian poet and playwright.[1] He has been called the father of modern Australian drama.[2]


He is commemorated by the Louis Esson Prize for Drama, one of the Victoria Premier's Literary Awards, which is given annually to scripts written for theatre or radio.[3]

In popular cultureEdit

He is a character in the 1985 play Muse of Fire by Nigel Krauth.[4]




  • The Woman Tamer. Melbourne: Fraser & Jenkinson, [1910?]
  • Three Short Plays ("The Woman Tamer," "Dead Timber," "The Sacred Place"). Melbourne: Fraser & Jenkinson, 1911.
  • The Time is Not Yet Ripe: A comedy in four acts.. Melbourne: Fraser & Jenkinson, 1912
    • (edited by P. Parsons). Sydney : Currency / Methuen Drama, 1973.
  • Dead Timber, and other plays. London: Hendersons, 1920.
  • Six Australian One-Act Plays. Sydney: Mulga, 1944.
  • The Southern Cross, and other plays. Melbourne: Robertson & Mullens 1946.
  • Louis Esson Plays 1: Terra Australis (edited by John Senczuk). Wollongong, NSW: Five Islands Press, 1999.
  • Plays (edited by John Senczuk). Wollongong, NSW: Five Islands Press, 1999.
  • Mother and Son (edited by John Senczuk). Stanwell Park, NSW: Esson Press, 2001.

Collected editionsEdit

  • Ballades of Old Bohemia: An anthology of Louis Esson (edited by Hugh Anderson). Ascot Vale, Vic: Red Rooster Press, 1980.

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

See alsoEdit


  1. D.R. Walker, Esson, Thomas Louis Buvelot (1878–1943), Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Web, Mar. 5, 2012.
  2. Louis Esson (1879-1943), Old Australian Poems,, Web, Mar. 5, 2012.
  3. The Louis Esson Prize for Drama, Programs and Events, State Library of Victoria,, Web, Mar. 5, 2012.
  4. Oxford Companion to Australian Literature: Louis Esson,, Web, Mar. 6, 2012.
  5. Search Results = au:Louis Esson, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, July 27, 2014.

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