Patrick White: A Life
Now with a brand new Afterword.
'I think this book should be called The Monster of All Time. But I am a monster . . .' Patrick WhitePatrick White, winner of the Nobel Prize and author of more than a dozen novels and plays - including Voss, The Vivisector and The Twyborn Affair - lived an extraordinary life. David Marr's brilliant biography draws not only on a wide range of original research but also on the single most difficult and important source of all: the man himself. In the weeks before his death, White read the final manuscript, which for richness of detail, authority and balance is stunning.Throughout his exciting narrative, Marr explores the roots of White's writing and unearths the raw material of his remarkable art. He makes plain the central fact of White's life as an artist: the homosexuality that formed his view of himself as an outcast and stranger able to penetrate the hearts of both men and women. Gracefully written and exhaustively researched, Patrick White is a biography of classic excellence - sympathetic, objective, penetrating and as blunt, when necessary, as White himself.
David Marr grew up in Sydney and trained as a lawyer before becoming a journalist, broadcaster and writer. He is the author of three books; his biography of Patrick White won a number of literary prizes. Marr has produced several notable television documentary reports for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and is now presenter of ABC Radio National's ‘Arts Today'.
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