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Peter Rose (1955 – )

Peter Rose was born in Wangaratta, Victoria in 1955, and grew up there and in Melbourne. His father, Bob Rose, was a famous Australian Rules footballer who played with Collingwood Football Club, and several other members of the Rose family were footballers, including Peter’s elder brother Robert. Peter Rose, more inclined towards a literary career than an athletic one, attended Monash University in the early 1970s and subsequently found work as a bookseller. In mid-1990 Rose became a publisher at the Melbourne branch of Oxford University Press, where he remained until taking up the post of editor of Australian Book Review in 2001.

Rose published his first poems in the literary journal Scripsi in 1985, and his first collection, The House of Vitriol, appeared in 1990. He has published three further collections of poetry, including a volume of new and selected poems, Rattus Rattus (2005). He has also written a novel, A Case of Knives (2005), and a memoir, Rose Boys (2001), joint-winner of the National Award for Biography in 2003. A highly visible figure on the Australian literary scene thanks particularly to his position as editor of Australian Book Review, Rose has served on the judging panels of major literary awards including the Miles Franklin Award and the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, and has edited the selections The Best Australian Poems 2007 and The Best Australian Poems 2008.

Poetry Collections
  • The House of Vitriol (Sydney: Picador, 1990).
  • The Catullan Rag (Sydney: Picador, 1993).
  • Donatello in Wangaratta (Alexandria, NSW: Hale and Iremonger, 1998).
  • Rattus Rattus: New and Selected Poems (Cambridge, UK: Salt Publishing, 2005).
Suggested Further Reading
  • David McCooey, ‘Public and Private’, The Age 28 January 2006, Section: Insight, p. 25.
  • Geoff Page, ‘Peter Rose,’ A Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Australian Poetry (St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1995).
  • Peter Rose, ‘The Yellow of Unlove,’ Meanjin 66.1 (2007), pp. 178-84.
  • Peter Rose, Rose Boys (Crows Nest, NSW: Allen and Unwin, 2001).
  • Chris Wallace-Crabbe, [untitled review of The House of Vitriol], Westerly 36.2 (1991). http://dlxs.library.usyd.edu.au/cgi/t/text/pageviewer-idx?c=ozjrnl;cc=ozjrnl;sid=a34fcd250ba03a2864315b2704b976be;rgn=full%20text;idno=jwqwest.1991.002;view=image;seq=00000091