Charles Jury

Unknown photographer | State Library of South Australia | 14099

Charles Rischbieth Jury (13 September 1893 – 22 August 1958), pictured, was a prominent, well-respected and much loved figure in Australia’s cultural landscape during his lifetime, in which he published several volumes of poetry and mentored other poets, playwrights, actors, scholars and teachers.

His verse drama “Icarius”, privately published in 1941, was described by friend and fellow poet John Bray as “a sombre play dealing with homosexual passion and its fate in a bitter and hostile world.” It is possibly the first open and positive description of male homosexuality in Australian poetry.

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