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Patrick White

Author: Alan Lawson

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.