The Australian Collection - Geoffrey Dutton
Australia's Greatest Books
You can make initial contact with someone who does not speak your language with signs or smiles, but to communicate you need words. So it is with a nation; to understand it you have to read its books.
The Australian Collection is a compendium of our greatest stories from our greatest storytellers. in one volume are distilled those classic books that reflect the image of Australia, books that have shaped the image of Australia.
Selected by eminent writer and literary editor Geoffrey Dutton, the collection ranges far and wide - from Watkin Tench's Sydney's First Four Years to May Gibbs's Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, from C. E. W. Bean's The Story of Anzac to Patrick White's Voss, from Joan Lindsay's Picnic at Hanging Rock to A. B. Facey's A Fortunate Life. It includes fiction, journals of explorers and others who have lived and worked in Australia, autobiographies, children's books, humorous books, and histories.
By means of extracts, descriptive and critical essays, and biographies of the writers, the collection offers a unique opportunity to get to know classic Australian books. And, complementing and highlighting the main themes, a fine selection of Australian paintings, photographs and drawings accompanies the text. Amongst the illustrations appear works by such eminent artists as Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Russell Drysdale, Sidney Nolan and Normal Lindsay.
A superb combination of classic Australian books and art, The Australian Collection will give pleasure in Australian achievement to a wide audience. It is a book to treasure.
Format: Hardcover with jacket
Publisher: Angus & Robertson Publishers
Publication Date: 1985
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