Recent additions to the Literary Encyclopedia include this entry on F.S. Flint, the Imagist poet, by Michael Copp from Cambridge University.
I thought I knew quite a bit about Aldington, Pound, Hilda Doolittle and Ford Madox Ford, but know absolutely zip about Flint, who was the second eldest of twelve children, left school at 13 and did not discover his exceptional language skills until he learned French and Latin at night school at the age of 19:
'Flint was a complex and contradictory character. The writer Richard Church, a colleague in the Ministry of Labour, underlined one side of Flint’s character when he described him as someone who was a “furnace of nervous passion”, an “unrestrainable companion”, and an “inflammatory creature”. Church witnessed at first hand the effects of Flint’s childhood of extreme poverty, and said he could see “that Flint’s wounds were still bleeding. This extravagant self-pity was the result. So were the recoil, the loud and aggressive histrionics. . . . Flint never found serenity. . . . He never lost his resentment at the miseries of his childhood”. John Gould Fletcher, a fellow-Imagist poet, saw Flint’s character as much more passive and submissive: “His dominating characteristic was a pathetic sincerity. . . . Regarding himself as a badly educated man, ashamed of his own cockney antecedents, he could easily be talked down by Ezra [Pound], or by anyone who appeared to be better educated, and who was capable of making flat, dogmatic assertions”.'
I like the layout of the Encyclopedia, and it only costs $15 a year to subscribe, as it is aimed at students. It's populated by entries from scholars from all over the world, the editors for entries on Australian writing being Chris Wallace Crabbe, Amanda Nettlebeck, Peter Pierce and Paul Sharrad.
While some Australian writers are not yet represented, upcoming articles and profiles include Deleuze, Terry Eagleton and Lewis Carroll, among 809 entries in progress. (Miles Franklin's entry is being written by The Editors, possibly reflecting the regular dribble of search queries across the 'Net for her work and her prize.)