Patrick White Letters

Patrick White

Patrick White Letters

Patrick White

Edited by David Marr
688 pages | 19 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 1994
Cloth $46.00 ISBN: 9780226895031 Published June 1996 For sale in USA only
"Letters are the devil, and I always hope that any I have written have been destroyed."—Patrick White

Patrick White spent his whole life writing letters. He wanted them all burnt, but thousands survive to reveal him as one of the greatest letter-writers of his time. Patrick White: Letters is an unexpected and final volume of prose by Australia’s most acclaimed novelist. Only a few scraps of White’s letters have been published before.

From the aftermath of the First World War until his death in 1990, letters poured from White’s pen: they are shrewd, funny, dramatic, pigheaded, camp, and above all, hauntingly beautiful. He wrote novels to sway a hostile world, but letters were for friends.

The culmination of ten years’ work and reflection by David Marr, author of the well-received biography Patrick White: A Life, the volume tells the story of White’s life in his own words. These are the letters of a great writer, a profound critic, a gossip with the sharpest eyes and tongue, a man who loved and hated ferociously, a keen cook, an angry patriot, and a believer never free of doubt.

"A literary milestone."—Kirkus Reviews

"Mean-spirited and brilliant, the 600 letters collected here offer real insight into the life of the Nobel-Prize winning Australian author. White’s venom is matched by his torment, and the whole volume is redeemed by outstanding writing."—Publisher’s Weekly ("Best Books 96")

"[T]hose who come to these letters after having read Marr’s biography will expect more than shop talk from the master novelist. They will expect the bracing bitchiness of a master curmudgeon. And they will not be disappointed."—Frank Wilson, Philadelphia Inquirer

Patrick White (1912-1990), Australian novelist and playwright, won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1973. His many novels include Voss, The Twyborn Affair, and Riders in the Chariot.
1. Finding his Feet
May 1912-October 1939
2. Love and War
February 1940-January 1945
3. A Patch of Soil
February 1945-December 1951
4. Ordinary Lives
April 1952-February 1957
5. Lost and Found
March 1957-September 1958
6. Chariots
December 1958-February 1961
7. Stage Machinery
March 1961-March 1963
8. Loose Ends
March 1963-September 1964
9. Martin Road
October 1964-January 1967
10. Words and Paint
February 1967-January 1970
11. Storms along the Horizon
January 1970-December 1972
12. Laureate
December 1972-November 1952
13. Applause
November 1975-December 1978
14. The Face in the Mirror
January 1979-December 1981
15. An Angry Man
February 1982-December 1984
16. Autumn to Winter
December 1984-September 1990
White and His Letters
Cast of Correspondents
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