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Professor A D Hope, Canberra
, 1963 (printed 2000)

by David Moore

gelatin silver photograph

Alec Derwent Hope AC OBE (1907-2000) was a poet, critic and academic. He was born in Cooma, NSW, and educated in Sydney and Oxford. Although he began writing poetry in the 1920s, his first book was not published until 1955. With the release of his second volume, his international significance was established, and in turn, as his writing career progressed, his visceral, cultured verse drew from the entire Western canon. At the Australian National University, where he was foundation Professor of English until 1968, he established the first full-year course in Australian literature. He remained a long-term Fellow of the ANU, writing in the building which was named for him. For some thirty years he was part of a circle of eminent Canberra poets and academics that included Manning Clark, Bob Brissenden, Judith Wright and Rosemary Dobson.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
The series David Moore: From Face to Face was acquired by gift of the artist and financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001
Accession number: 2001.125