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Dutton, Geoffery

Geoffrey Dutton (1922-1998) was born at historic Anlaby sheep station in South Australia in 1922 and educated at Geelong Grammar School and the University of Adelaide. He enlisted in the RAAF in 1941 and spent the war as a pilot, rising to the rank of flight lieutenant and serving in Bougainville. After the war he read English at Oxford and travelled extensively. He lectured in Adelaide, the UK and the USA. In a literary career spanning more than half a century, Geoffrey Dutton wrote many books, including poetry, fiction, biography, art and literary criticism, travel and children’s books. His output as an editor was also prodigious, including numerous anthologies, and the influential Literature of Australia. He was founding co-editor of Australian Letters and Australian Book Review and was also a literary editor for publishing houses and newspapers. He served on the boards of various cultural organisations, including the Literature Board, and was patron of the Queensland Writers’ Centre. He published his autobiography, Geoffrey Dutton: Out in the Open, with UQP in 1994, and lived in the Glasshouse Mountains in Queensland with his wife, the writer Robin Lucas.
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Out In The Open: Geoffrey Dutton

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"Beautifully written, evocative, funny and mesmerising." Barry Humphries In this long-awaited autobiography, Geoffrey Dutton embarks on an honest, controversial and brilliantly entertaining journey through seventy crowded years. A renowned poet, critic, biographer, publisher and editor, Geoffrey Dutton provides an unrivalled, insider's perspective on literary culture from the 1940s to the 1990s. Among the many intimate portraits are those of Yevgeny Yevtushenko, David Campbell, Russell Drysdale, Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan, Robert Hughes and Ken Slessor. Here too is the full story of his volatile quarter-century friendship with Patrick White, which ended so bitterly. "A great read, and more - a massively important book for the history of Australian letters. Not a book to be put down." Jeff Doyle, "Canberra Times"