The Literature of Australia: An Anthology

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Nicholas Jose, Thomas Keneally
W.W. Norton & Company, 2009 - Literary Collections - 1464 pages
The result of a collaboration between Sydney's Macquarie University and International PEN Sydney Centre, and funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australian Research Council, The Literature of Australia gathers the most distinctive and most significant of the nation's writing. Highlights include:
  • Coverage of over two hundred years of literature in all genres, from the 1700s to the present, and over 500 entries from 307 different authors, including writing by Aboriginal authors from the early colonial period to the present.
  • Work from contemporary authors of international renown, including Shirley Hazzard, Peter Carey, David Malouf, Les Murray, Alexis Wright, and Kate Grenville.
  • Biographical details about the authors of the works selected, an introductory essay, major essays setting the works in their historical context, and suggestions for further reading.

The Literature of Australia offers readers of all kinds a window into the myriad ways of being Australian.

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Contents

Aboriginal Literature Anita Heiss and Peter Minter
7
Literature 19001950 Nicole Moore
23
Poetry and Nonfiction from 1950 David McCooey
41
WATKIN TENCH 17581833
56
ANONYMOUS
68
The Aboriginal Mother from Myalls Creek
81
LOUISA ANNE MEREDITH 18121895
94
CAROLINE CARLETON c 18201874
109
Mother Who Gave Me Life
679
DONALD HORNE 19212005
690
JACOB G ROSENBERG 19222008
699
Grave Fairytale
705
CHARMIAN CLIFT 19231969
715
ERIC ROLLS 19232007
718
MONICA CLARE 19241973
734
JESSIE LENNON c 19252000
752

WILLIAM BARAK c 18241903
112
ANONYMOUS
126
GEORGE CHANSON 18351898
142
JOSEPH FURPHY 18431912
155
MARCUS CLARKE 18461881
176
Nasturtium Villas
184
MARY HANNAY FOOTT 18461918
192
BESSIE CAMERON c 18511895
212
From My Life and Work
218
NED KELLY 18551880
224
BARBARA BAYNTON 18571929
235
Correggio Jones
241
Waltzing Matilda
249
MARY GILMORE 18651962
255
BERNARD ODOWD 18661953
262
The Union Buries Its Dead
272
STEELE RUDD 18681935
278
CHRISTOPHER BRENNAN 18701932
286
LOUIS STONE 18711935
298
JOHN LE GAY BRERETON 18711933
304
JOHN SHAW NEILSON 18721942
311
Hungarrda
317
FRED BIGGS c 18751961
323
P J HARTIGAN 18781952
339
Letter to Katharine Susannah Prichard
351
NORMAN LINDSAY 18791969
360
WILLIAM FERGUSON 18821950
370
ANNA WICKHAM 18831947
377
KATHARINE SUSANNAH PRICHARD 18831969
378
Letter to Miles Franklin
386
From Fourteen Years 390 From Fourteen Years
397
JEAN DEVANNY 18941962
403
A B FACEY 18941982
411
The Persimmon Tree
418
NORMAN HARRIS c 18981968
432
KENNETH SLESSOR 19011971
441
South Country
447
XAVIER HERBERT 19011984
449
ELEANOR DARK 19011985
463
PEARL GIBBS 19011983
470
From For Love Alone
476
Uncle Morgan at the Nats
485
ALAN MARSHALL 19021984
491
FITZGERALD 19021987
500
EVE LANGLEY 19041974
508
JOHN MORRISON 19041998
515
DOUG NICHOLLS 19061988
521
Crossing the Frontier
527
KYLIE TENNANT 19121988
541
The Prodigal Son
557
GEORGE JOHNSTON 19121970
574
J S MANIFOLD 19151985
589
Kelly Country
602
MANNING CLARK 19151991
607
Dialogue
620
IDA WEST 19192003
645
OODGEROO NOONUCCAL 19201993
661
The Dawn is at Hand
667
Father and Child part I
673
On This Day I Complete My Fortieth Year
765
MENA ABDULLAH b 1930 and RAY MATHEW 19292002
780
BRUCE DAWE b 1930
784
VIVIAN SMITH b 1933
798
Song of Dreamtime
811
CHRIS WALLACECRABBE b 1934
826
Puck Disembarks
829
Last Words of the Emperor Hadrian
842
RANDOLPH STOW b 1935
862
RODNEY HALL b 1935
875
The Burnum Burnum Declaration
888
DORIS PILKINGTON b 1937
895
The Tin Wash Dish
908
MUDROOROO b 1938
923
CLIVE JAMES b 1939
939
GERMAINE GREER b 1939
955
GEOFF PAGE b 1940
975
JIMMY PIKE c 19402002
979
JENNIFER RANKIN 19411979
995
GERRY BOSTOCK b 1942
1008
At the Morgue
1022
ROBERT ADAMSON b 1943
1035
From True History of the Kelly Gang
1052
JOHN TRANTER b 1943
1056
PHILIP McLAREN b 1943
1074
GERARD WINDSOR b 1944
1089
From The Glade Within the Grove
1102
KEV CARMODY b 1946
1115
DRUSILLA MODJESKA b 1946
1118
BRUCE PASCOE b 1947
1124
ERROL WEST 19472001
1130
From Camilles Bread
1136
MICHAEL DRANSFIELD 19481973
1143
Muse of Bauxite
1149
ALAN WEARNE b 1948
1158
ALAN GOULD b 1949
1162
KEN BOLTON b 1949
1177
Stalins Holidays
1190
PHILIP SALOM b 1950
1204
ALEXIS WRIGHT b 1950
1215
MARCIA LANGTON b 1951
1232
Australia
1252
GRAEME DIXON b 1955
1265
OUYANG YU b 1955
1281
TRACY RYAN b 1964 1376
1283
HANNIE RAYSON b 1957
1294
MICHELLE DE KRETSER b 1957
1307
DulpaiIla Ngari Kim MoMan
1320
SARAH DAY b 1958
1328
ADAM AITKEN b 1960
1341
Nettle Song
1354
Land Subjected to Inundation
1374
Wungong
1376
MELISSA LUCASHENKO b 1967
1389
Glossary
1403
Sources and Permissions
1428
Index
1449
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About the author (2009)

General editor Nicholas Jose is a novelist, essayist, and scholar whose thirteen books include the novels Paper Nautilus and The Custodians. A professor at the University of Western Sydney, Jose is the 2009 Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University.

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