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Christopher John Brennan (1 November 1870 - 5 October 1932) was an Australian poet and scholar.

Brennan was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, to a brewer, and was educated at St Aloysius' College and St Ignatius' College, Riverview. He entered the University of Sydney in 1888 taking up studies in the Classics. He won a travelling scholarship to Berlin, where he met his future wife, Elisabeth Werth, and where he encountered the poetry of Stéphane Mallarmé. About this time, he decided to become a poet. Returning to Australia, he took up a position as a cataloguer in the public library, before being given a position at the University of Sydney. In 1914, he produced his major work, Poems: 1913. Later, in the 1920s, he had an affair with Violet Singer, the Vie of his later poems, and, as a result of both his divorce and increasing drunkenness, he was removed from his position at the University. The death of Violet Singer in an accident left him distraught, and he spent most of his remaining years in poverty. He died in 1932, after developing cancer.

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