Herbert, Xavier Letters. Edited by De Groen, Frances and Hergenhan, Laurie University of Queensland Press, 2002.

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Author Herbert, Xavier
Title Letters
Publisher University of Queensland Press
Publication year 2002
Editor De Groen, Frances
Hergenhan, Laurie
Subjects 430101 History - Australian
430112 Biography
420202 Australian and New Zealand
Abstract/Summary This is the introduction and editors' note to Xavier Herbert: Letters edited by Frances De Groen and Laurie Hergenhan. The controversial novelist Xavier Herbert (1901-84) led a colourful and itinerant life. Best known for his vast North Australian epics "Capricornia" and "Poor Fellow My Country" (totalling over a million words), he was also a pharmacist, union organiser, railway fettler, miner, woodcutter and World War II "bush commando". Herbert travelled widely throughout Australia from the 1920s to the 1980s, and his fictional depictions of the far north are bursting with chaotic energy and violence. Herbert's letters reveal not just a troubled ego, but also considerable charm, a rhapsodic response to the remote wildernesses of the north and a delight in humour - droll, rollicking and earthy - driven always by his seething imagination. 'The meaty background to the letters ... is to be found at the bottom of each page in some wonderfully rich footnotes. These correct, reference and contradict Herbert's exaggerations, gossip and outright lies. Indeed, the letters are contextualised in five different ways: Footnotes, Glossary, Names Mentioned by Xavier Herbert, Letter Recipients and the Index.... Much valuable information and the correction of misinformation is sunk into these sections.' - Caroline Viera Jones, JAS Review of Books
Keyword Herbert
De Groen
Poor Fellow My Country
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