The Boy's Name Was David single work   short story  
Issue Details: First known date: 2002 2002
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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • 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. 120-134
  • 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. 399-411
  • Appears in:
    y A History of Books Gerald Murnane , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2012 Z1852640 2012 selected work short story

    'This new work by Gerald Murnane is a fictionalised autobiography told in thirty sections, each of which begins with the memory of a book that has left an image on the writer's mind. The titles aren't given but the reader follows the clues, recalling in the process a parade of authors, the great, the popular, and the now-forgotten. The images themselves, with their scenes of marital discord, violence and madness, or their illuminated landscapes that point to the consolations of a world beyond fiction, give new intensity to Murnane's habitual concern with the anxieties and aspirations of the writing life, in the absence of religious belief.

    'A History of Books is accompanied by three shorter pieces of fiction which play on these themes, featuring the writer at different ages, as a young boy, a teacher, and an old recluse.' (From the publisher's website.)

    Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2012
    pg. 167-188
Last amended 25 Oct 2012
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