Rosemary Dobson was born in 1920, her first book, In a Convex Mirror, was published in 1944. Forty years and nine books later, she received the 1984 Patrick White Award for her many achievements as writer, editor, reviewer and translator. She was awarded the AO, and received the degree of Hon. D. Litt. from the University of Sydney. The Australia Council presented her with the prestigious Writer’s Emeritus Award in 1996. Her excellent fourteenth volume Untold Lives and Later Poems won the 2001 The Age Book of the Year Award. Rosemary Dobson: Collected (UQP, 2012) collects and celebrates the work of her long and distinguished career, bringing together a vast and striking body of work.