Patrick White: A Life

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Penguin Random House Australia, Feb 1, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 682 pages
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The award-winning and bestselling biography of Australia's only Nobel Prize-winner for Literature.

'I think this book should be called The Monster of All Time. But I am a monster . . .' Patrick White

Patrick White, winner of the Nobel Prize and author of more than a dozen novels and plays - including Voss, The Vivisector and The Twyborn Affair - lived an extraordinary life. David Marr's brilliant biography draws not only on a wide range of original research but also on the single most difficult and important source of all: the man himself. In the weeks before his death, White read the final manuscript, which for richness of detail, authority and balance is stunning.Throughout his exciting narrative, Marr explores the roots of White's writing and unearths the raw material of his remarkable art. He makes plain the central fact of White's life as an artist: the homosexuality that formed his view of himself as an outcast and stranger able to penetrate the hearts of both men and women.

Gracefully written and exhaustively researched, Patrick White is a biography of classic excellence - sympathetic, objective, penetrating and as blunt, when necessary, as White himself.

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What do we look for in a biography of a famous author? An accurate account of the subjects life, his childhood, family and friends, his religious beliefs, trials, tribulations and passions, his ... Read full review

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I love reading author biographies. This one must be read in conjunction with White's autobiography "Flaws in the Glass" in order to fill in the missing pieces. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

David Marr is one of Australia's leading journalists. After publishing this acclaimed life of Patrick White, he edited Patrick White: Letters and returned to Fairfax and the ABC to write and broadcast about the arts, crime, law and politics. He was a judge of the Miles Franklin Literary Award and for some years presented ABC television's Media Watch. His recent books include The High Price of Heaven, essays on the impact of religion on Australian politics, and Dark Victory, a dramatic account of John Howard's2004 campaign against refugees written in collaboration Marian Wilkinson.David Marr lives in Sydney and writes for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

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