was a prominent Australian writer of the 1950s and '60s who has slipped
from critical attention, largely because he was a prolific writer
across many genres and forms, making his output difficult to
categorise. His once-banned No End to the Way [written under the pseudonym of Neville Jackson] is not only a landmark book in
its rare use of the sustained second-person narrative voice, but is perhaps Australia's first openly gay novel.
Glaskin's work offers opportunities for writing students to appreciate and experiment with a variety of techniques, styles and issues. Combined with a study of his life, it allows students to learn about personalities and creativity in Australian literature of the period and to understand what life was like for homosexual men of his day.
Senior Lecturer in Writing
University of New England, Australia
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Glaskin portraits: George Britnell
Early years (upper): Photographer unknown
Early years (lower): Photographer unknown
Becoming an author (upper): George Britnell
Becoming an author (lower): Photographer unknown
Living abroad (upper): Leo van de Pas
Living abroad (lower): Photographer unknown
Fading presence: Leo van de Pas
Cottesloe Beach: Sharon Zalac
Robert Dessaix: Tero Sade
How Glaskin saw himself: Photographer unknown
How others saw him: George Britnell
Author bio: Peter Kuhnlein
Thanks to Robert Dessaix, Patsy Millett, Leo van de Pas, Edgar Vos and Sharon Zalac for photographs from their private collections.