The Oxford Book of Australian Essays

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This is the first historical anthology of Australian essays. Imre Salusinszky, having examined hundreds of monographs, magazines and newspapers, has collected sixty-one essays published since the first white settlement in Australia. The writers featured include Helen Garner, Robert Dessaix, Charmian Clift, Germaine Greer, Clive James, David Malouf, Les Murray, and Patrick White.
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This is the first historical anthology of Australian essays. Imre Salusinszky, having examined hundreds of monographs, magazines and newspapers, has collected sixty-one essays published since the first white settlement in Australia. The writers featured include Helen Garner, Robert Dessaix, Charmian Clift, Germaine Greer, Clive James, David Malouf, Les Murray, and Patrick White.
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"Although 'Oxford books' are coming out on every subject nowadays...few of them attain the splendor of this collection....A fascinating look at a diverse continent."--Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195537390
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Series: Oxford Books of Prose Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Imre Salusinszky is Associate Professor in English at the University of Newcastle. His books include Criticism in Society: Interviews with Gerald Murnane.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
'Simon Stukeley' (Henry Savery) (1791-1842): from The Hermit in Van Diemen's Land 5
Sir James Martin (1820-86): Sun-Set 8
Samuel Rinder (1823-1907): The 'Foreigner' in Australia 10
D. H. Deniehy (1828-65): On Certain Aesthetic Disabilities of Native Australians 15
'Peter 'Possum' (Richard Rowe) (1828-79): The Compliments of the Season 17
Frederick Sinnett (1830-66): from The Fiction Fields of Australia 19
Henry Kendall (1839-82): A Colonial Literary Club 24
'The Vagabond' (John Stanley James) (1843-96): A Brutal Football Match 28
Marcus Clarke (1846-81): Adam Lindsay Gordon 31
Louisa Lawson (1848-1920): The Australian Bush-Woman 35
Philip Mennell (1851-1905): New Chums 40
E. J. Banfield (1852-1923): The Art of Beachcombing 47
Dame Mary Gilmore (1864-1962): The Bent Twig 51
A. B. 'Banjo' Paterson (1864-1941): The Amateur Gardener 54
H. E. Boote (1865-1949): War and the Devil 58
A. G. Stephens (1865-1933): A Word for Australians 62
Henry Lawson (1867-1922): If I Could Paint 66
Sir Ernest Scott (1867-1939): The Flinders's Centenary 72
Edward S. Sorenson (1869-1939): Christmas in the Bush 79
Christopher Brennan (1870-1932): The University and Australian Literature 83
Charles MacLaurin (1872-1925): Death 88
Sir Walter Murdoch (1874-1970): Bad Language 93
C. E. W. Bean (1879-1968): The Legacy 97
Frederick Wood Jones (1879-1954): Of a Horse Muster 100
Norman Lindsay (1879-1969): The Question of Ned Kelly's Perfume 103
Nettie Palmer (1885-1964): On Surfing 106
Vance Palmer (1885-1959): The Spirit of Prose 109
Arthur Phillips (1900-85): The Cultural Cringe 112
Lennie Lower (1903-47): Learning the Facts of Life 116
Brian Penton (1904-51): It's Too Hard to be Free! 118
Sidney J. Baker (1912-76): Language and Character 121
Patrick White (1912-90): The Prodigal Son 125
Manning Clark (1915-91): Rewriting Australian History 129
James McAuley (1917-76): Poets Anonymous 139
Alister Kershaw (1921-95): The Last Expatriate 144
Charmian Clift (1923-69): Images in Aspic 147
Frank Knopfelmacher (1923-95): The Threat to Academic Freedom 150
Alan Davies (1924-87): Small Country Blues 156
Vincent Buckley (1925-88): Intellectuals 161
David Stove (1927-94): Cricket versus Republicanism 169
Barry Oakley (1931- ): Meeting the Great 171
David Malouf (1934- ): A First Place 175
Chris Wallace-Crabbe (1934- ): Swaying in the Forties 181
Pierre Ryckmans (1935- ): An Amateur Artist 186
Les Murray (1938- ): The Trade in Images 192
Germaine Greer (1939- ): Sex and Society - Whose Rules? 198
Clive James (1939- ): You Little Bobby-Dazzler 201
Graham Little (1939- ): The Flag My Father Wore 206
Gerald Murnane (1939- ): Some Books are to be Dropped into Wells, Others into Fishponds... 211
Helen Garner (1942- ): The Fate of The First Stone 218
B. J. Coman (1944- ): A Short History of the Rabbit in Australia 226
Robert Dessaix (1944- ): Nice Work If You Can Get It 232
Kate Jennings (1948- ): Bad Manners 241
Brent Crosswell (1950- ): Vinny Catoggio 246
Giulia Giuffre (1951- ): Who Do You Think You Are? 248
Robert Harris (1951-93): The Carriers Off of the Dead 253
Kerryn Goldsworthy (1953- ): Martyr to Her Sex 258
Greg Manning (1954- ): The Revolution That Never Was 263
Archie Weller (1957- ): Portrayal of Aboriginal Men in Literature 268
Adrian Martin (1959- ): TV Time Tunnel 273
Michael McGirr (1961- ): At Home in Memory 279
Note on Contributors 286
Acknowledgments 296
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