Vernon Knowles

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Vernon Knowles
BornVernon Frank Knowles
Adelaide, South Australia
Years active1893-1934

Vernon Knowles (1899–1968) was an Australian author, born in Adelaide.[1]

He attended the University of Western Australia but did not complete a degree. With some encouragement from Walter Murdoch, he turned to writing. He became an expatriate, living mostly in England.[2]

Knowles wrote a series of fantasy stories, The Street of Queer Houses and other Tales.[3] Neil Barron has stated: "Knowles's work is in the tradition of Richard Garnett and has affinities with the work of Lord Dunsany and Donald Corley, but he affects a more naive and relaxed style than any of these. His best stories are amusing literary confections."[3]

He died in London in 1968.


  • Songs and Preludes (1917) poetry
  • Lamps and Vine Leaves (1919), poetry, with Charles Rischbieth Jury[4] and Edward James Ranembe Morgan
  • Bypaths (1921)
  • The Street of Queer Houses: And Other Stories (1924)
  • Poems (1925)
  • Here and Otherwhere (1926) stories
  • Beads of Coloured Days: a study in behaviour (1926)
  • Silver Nutmegs (1927) stories
  • The Ripening Years (1927) poetry
  • The Ladder (1929)
  • Pitiful Dust. A study in frustration (1931)
  • Two and Two Make Five (1935)
  • Eternity In An Hour, a study in childhood (1932) memoir
  • The Experience of Poetry (1935)
  • Prince Jonathan. A dramatic lyric (1935)
  • Love Is My Enemy (1947)
  • Sapphires: Here and Otherwhere and Silver Nutmegs (1978, reprint)


  1. ^ Austlit - Vernon Knowles
  2. ^ "Knowles, Vernon, 1899-1968". 2012-09-13. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  3. ^ a b Neil Barron, Fantasy and horror : a critical and historical guide to literature, illustration, film, TV, radio, and the Internet.Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1999. ISBN 0810835967
  4. ^ Wall, Barbara (1958-08-22). "Biography - Charles Rischbieth Jury - Australian Dictionary of Biography". Retrieved 2016-05-30.

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