Guide to the Papers of Paul Knobel [MSS 307]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Paul Knobel
Manuscript Number MSS 307
Last Updated September 2021
Extent 2 cm (2 folders, 2 boxes)
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract This collection includes poetry drafts and one computer disk comprising art index, poetry index and personal files by Paul Knobel.

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The collection has been arranged in box then folder order.

Biographical Note

Paul Ernest Knobel was born on the 6 April 1948 in Mackay, Queensland. He is an honours graduate from the University of Queensland (BA Hons) and the University of Sydney (MA Hons) in English Literature; he received a Diploma of Education from the University of New England. Knobel was an Honorary Associate in the Department of Modern Greek, University of Sydney in 2004.

Knobel's poems have been published in journals and anthologies, and he is the author of the following works, including:
'The theme of death in The waste land and in the poetry of Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, John Berryman and Ted Hughes, 1957-1973', M.A. thesis, University of Sydney, 1978
Events (1982)
On Darlinghurst Hill (c1983)
Our garden (c1983)
My homeland (1984)
Don't forget (c1993)
The friendship garden : for Alan (1993)
At the National Library : for Bill Tully (1997)
Pantomime : newsletter of users of the State Library of New South Wales, published by P. Knobel, Darlinghurst Hill, N.S.W., July 1998-
A tale of Sydney Uni : a celebration masturbation, ejaculated by A gay professor (1998)
Male homosexuality and Australian English language poetry (1999)
The homosexual Caravaggio (1999)
Danau Batur [2001]
An encyclopedia of male homosexual poetry and its reception history (2002)
A gay saga (2004)
Homosexual Caravaggio sound recording (2004)
Gieseking plays (2005)
Encyclopedia of male homosexual art (2005)
World overview of male homosexual poetry (2005)
Eighties (2007)
Nineties (2007).

AustLit : The Resource for Australian Literature, 2004

Administrative Information


The collection is partly available for research and partly restricted.

Restrictions on Use

No copying is permitted without the permission of the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Papers of Paul Knobel, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, MSS 307, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The collection was donated to the Academy Library, UNSW Canberra by Paul Knobel.

Additional Information

Separated Material

This collection originally included a the following publication. These works have been catalogued separately, and added to the Library's journal collection.

Prism, 31 issues, 1955-1958.

Access Terms

Personal Names

Knobel, Paul, 1948- -- Archives.

Topical Subjects

Poets, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.

Australian poetry -- 20th century.



Container List

Box 1

Folder 1
Typescript and photocopies of poetry; newspaper clippings; and photocopies of two articles by Knobel published in The encyclopedia of homosexuality (1990), 1983-2000

Poems include:
'Our garden', no. 5 of fifty signed copies dated 1983, and one unnumbered and undated copy
'The personality of Jesus', dated 12-23 April 1986
'On Darlinghurst Hill', dated 1983
'At the National Library - for Bill Tully', with a handwritten note to Rose
'The library', 12 May 1986
'Gelibolu', with a handwritten note to Michael, dated 1987
'To music', with a handwritten note to Lynn, dated 26 iii 97
'My homeland', 1984 with a handwritten note to Marie-Louise, dated 15 v 2000

Box 2

Box-folder 2 Cool room
Zipped computer disk and back-up computer disk containing an art index, poetry index and personal files, 1997