My review of Diana Georgeff’s Delinquent Angel, a biography of Melbourne poet and raconteur Shelton Lea, has been published in the latest issue of Overland (#190). Interestingly, the editors have decided to put most (if not all) of the contents of the issue online, so you can now read the review in its entirety! Here’s a brief snippet:
This tension gives the book its narrative focus and Shelton his humanity. Georgeff has written a tremendously engaging account of one poet’s life, without overly romanticising her subject, and has refrained from writing over Lea’s faults or ignoring his weaknesses.”
There’s a lot more to digest in the current issue, as is usual with Overland. If anyone has a comment or would like to discuss the points I make in my review, feel free!
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Sheldon Lea was a close friend of mine when he lived in Gippsland in the 80s. I recently found out his biography has been written by Diana Georgeff. I have ordered a copy and can’t wait to read it. I would dearly love any other leads you might have or links to Web content about Shelley. I miss him a lot.
Hi Alan, thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, I don’t know of many good resources online for Shelton. The Georgeff bio is very good. Hope you enjoy it … D