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Buckridge, Patrick

Patrick Buckridge was born in Brisbane in 1947 and graduated from the University of Queensland, gaining his doctorate in English literature form the University of Pennsylvania. He taught for several years at the University of Queensland. Since 1981 he has worked at Griffith University as senior lecturer in the School of Australian and Comparative Studies, and he is currently the Head of the School of Humanities. He has published widely on Australian literature, biography and literary history and has a particular interest in the intersections between journalism and literature in Australia. His biography of Brian Penton, The Scandalous Penton, was published by UQP in 1994.
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By The Book

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By the Book is an indispensable history of the literature of Queensland from its establishment as a separate colony in the mid-nineteenth century through major economic, political and cultural transformations to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Queensland figures in the Australian imagination as a frontier, a place of wild landscapes and wilder politics, but also as Australia’s playground, a soft tourist paradise of warm weather and golden beaches. Based partly on real historical divergences from the rest of Australia, these contradictory images have been questioned and scrutinised in Queensland literature for 150 years, and writers today maintain that complicated imaginative relationship with the idea of Queensland as both different and paradoxical. By the Book looks at Queensland literature in terms of its regional cultures, while also devoting chapters to Indigenous writing, writing for children and travel writing. In the process it rediscovers lost literary traditions and forgotten writers to stir the imagination. Re-evaluations of early writers like Rosa Praed and George Essex Evans set contemporary writers like David Malouf, Janette Turner Hospital and Venero Armanno in a new context. ‘Thorough in scholarship and historical research, fascinating in its anecdotal bypaths, this reference work is indispensable to Australian literary studies.’ – Janette Turner Hospital ‘By the Book contains an enormous wealth of original research and information about Queensland writing.’ – Professor Robert Dixon

$45.00

The Scandalous Penton: A Biography Of Brian Penton

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Stimulating argument, fine food, wine, women, and music were the ingredients of the good life for Brian Penton, Australian writer and newspaper man extraordinaire. Well known for his flamboyant and fearless journalism as well as for his novels "Landtakers" and "Inheritors", he bridged high culture and mass-circulation journalism. With Penton at the helm, Sydney's "Daily Telegraph" provoked, shamed and flattered its readers into engaging in new intellectual ideas. When Penton died in 1951, Norman Lindsay called him "the most brilliant man we have ever had in daily journlism in Australia". To the conservative Australian establishment of the 1930s and 1940s, the scandalous Brian Penton was the embodiment of all things immoral, unmanly and generally threatening to a comfortable co-existence with the status quo. With intellectual conviction that ran wild and deep, he devoted his writing career to flouting prevalent moral and political beliefs. For that, unfairly, he has paid the price of banishment from public memory for almost half a century.

$34.00