A Review of Criticism on Keneally single work   criticism  
Issue Details: First known date: 2009 2009
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'No other Australian writer, including the Nobel laureate Patrick White, has ever been so enthusiastically praised and so indulgently protected in his early stage of literary creation. In “The Arrival of Thomas Keneally”, probably the first review on Keneally’s works, Max Harris (1965) delivered a lengthy criticism of Australian literary writing in particular and intellectual disposition in general, to be followed by lavish exaltation on and ecstatic hope for young Tom, whose first novel, Harris 19 believed, should win the 1964 Miles Franklin Award. ' (29)

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    y From Fixity to Fluidity : The Theme of Identity in Thomas Keneally's Fiction Xiaojin Zhou , Qindao : China Ocean University Press , 2009 Z1741824 2009 multi chapter work criticism

    'Born into an Irish Catholic family in Sydney, Thomas Keneally published his first novel, The Place at Whitton, in 1964, four years after he abandoned his study for priesthood. The success of that gothic horror set in a seminary triggered a successful writing career of over forty years, in which he produced 25 novels, while making frequent and fruitful incursions into the world of nonfiction. Today Keneally is Australia’s best-known writer and Australia’s living treasure. Although Spielberg’s Schindler’s List became a media event and a household word in the 1990s, it hardly qualified Keneally as an overnight sensation. By that time, Keneally was already a widely acclaimed writer in Britain and America, truly “international”, as the Australians would like to put it, since he had publishers on both sides of the Atlantic and had won the 1982 Booker Prize. Despite discernible changes in his earlier and later works, it’s almost impossible, even as a critical expediency, to divide Keneally’s writing career into clearly marked stages. Writing on both “Australian” and “international” themes, and constantly shifting between past and present, Keneally failed to follow the normal path of arrival, growth and maturity, much to the disappointment of some Australian critics, who eagerly delighted in anticipating the destination of his literary journey...' (Author's introduction)

    Qindao : China Ocean University Press , 2009
    pg. 21-29
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