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Lawson, Alan

Professor Alan Lawson is currently on secondment as Director of the Graduate School and Dean of Postgraduate Students at the University of Queensland, where he teaches Australian and post-colonial literatures. He has published extensively in these fields, and also on post-colonial theory and the institutionalisation of national literatures and cultures in Canada and Australia. His first article on Patrick White was published in 1973 and the standard bibliography, Patrick White, in 1974. He also co-authored or co-edited Barbara Baynton (UQP Australian Authors series 1980, 1988); The Macmillan Anthology of Australian literature (1990); and De-Scribing Empire: Post-colonialism and Textuality (1994). Patrick White: Selected Writings forms part of the UQP Australian Authors series, and was published in 1994.
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Patrick White

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This collection presents a Patrick White who was passionately involved in the world around him; whose writing is suffused with wit, humour, sex and love; who, in his fiction as well as his public utterances, showed a keen interest in the social and political events of his time and place. The human relationship depicted in these pieces are often characterised by their commitment to the emotional and physical business of everyday living as well as to the more metaphysical aspirations of some of the characters of White's novels. Alan Lawson's arrangement highlights the diversity of White's literary career. The selection of fiction, poetry, theatre pieces, speeches, letters, essays, interviews, and autobiographical writings places White in his literary contexts from the period of European modernism in the 1930s, through "metaphysical naturalism" in the 1950s and 60s, to international postmodernism in the 1970s and 80s. Editorial notes give the background to the sometimes unfamiliar pieces, many of which appear in book form for the first time.