Kenneth Slessor : The Intimacy of the Table single work   short story  
Issue Details: First known date: 2001... 2001
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  • Author note: The headquote is the last stanza of Kenneth Slessor's last published poem which begins 'I wish I were at Orange ...', written for class 5A at Orange in April 1962. It appears in Geoffrey Dutton's Kenneth Slessor: A Biography, Melbourne, Penguin, 1991, p.11.
    '... This story, a work of fiction, is intended not as an accurate portrait of Slessor, but as an homage to his shadow which still haunts the Sydney streets.'

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Alternative title: The Intimacy of the Table

But here I am in Sydney
At the age of sixty-one
With the clock at a quarter to bedtime
And my homework still not done. -- Kenneth Slessor

  • Appears in:
    y Storykeepers Marion Halligan (editor), Sydney : Duffy and Snellgrove , 2001 Z916479 2001 anthology essay criticism Eighteen Australian authors discuss the writers or stories who inspire them, thus giving an insight into their motivations and values and providing a map of the Australian literary heritage. Sydney : Duffy and Snellgrove , 2001 pg. 179-191
    Note: With title: Kenneth Slessor: The Intimacy of the Table
  • Appears in:
    y The Best Australian Stories 2002 Peter Craven (editor), Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2002 Z999034 2002 anthology short story Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2002 pg. 186-197
    Note: Very slightly revised version.
  • Appears in:
    y The Best Australian Stories : A Ten Year Collection Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2011 Z1771915 2011 anthology short story (taught in 1 units) Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2011 pg. 127-136
    Note: With title: The Intimacy of the Table
  • Appears in:
    y Something Special, Something Rare : Outstanding Short Stories by Australian Women Black Inc. (editor), Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2015 8162994 2015 anthology short story

    'Drawn from over a decade of Best Australian Stories, this collection presents outstanding short fiction by the country's finest female writers. Including tales of love, family, heartbreak and joy, it showcases the strength and diversity of writing by Australian women. From the dramatic to the hilarious, these stories will enchant, move and delight the reader. (Publication summary)

    Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2015
    pg. 205-217
    Note: With title: The Intimacy of the Table
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