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Author Niall, Brenda, author

Title The Oxford book of Australian letters / edited by Brenda Niall and John Thompson
Published Melbourne : Oxford University Press, 1998


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 W'PONDS  827.0084 N5773/O  AVAILABLE
Description xxi, 321 pages ; 24 cm
Summary The collection is impressively eclectic. There are letters from explorers, convicts, politicians, journalists, scientists, judges, painters, and musicians. The anthology represents those who made no special mark on history but whose letters illuminate a particular aspect of the national experience. Among these are letters from pioneers, expressing their sense of dislocation. One notable group of letters comes from men and women at war - and from wives and mothers back in Australia. The editors have also represented indigenous Australians whose lives were so abruptly changed by European settlement. The term Australian has been interpreted broadly to represent letters with a strong Australian connection, such as those from Charles Darwin, Anthony Trollope, D. H. Lawrence, and Joyce Grenfell
The editors have in effect provided an oblique personal history of the nation. Fittingly, this absorbing anthology ends with an exchange of e-mail messages. If the form of the letter is changing, these new modes of conversation offer a generation unused to letter-writing many of the delights and consolations so memorably found in The Oxford Book of Australian Letters
Like the novel, the letter is sometimes presumed to be an endangered form. Displaced by the telephone, it is now being challenged by faxes and e-mail. However, from the first days of European settlement Australians have relied on letters for news and companionship. Brenda Niall and John Thompson have discovered a vast body of letters of the highest quality: intense, witty, political, elegiac, satirical. Chronologically arranged, the anthology contains two hundred letters, many of them published for the first time
Analysis Letters (Correspondence)
Reference works
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-315)
Notes Also issued online
Subject Roberts, Tom, 1856-1931. Australian native (Portrait of a lady)
Australian letters.
English letters -- Australia.
SUBJECT Australia -- Biography -- Sources.
Australia -- Social conditions.
Australia -- Social life and customs -- Sources.
Author Niall, Brenda.
Thompson, John (John Robert), 1947-
LC no. 98198961
ISBN 0195539850
Other Titles Australian letters
Australian letters