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Letter to Mr Philips, Lord Sydney's Stewart by Bennelong, 1796.
Letter to Mr Philips, Lord Sydney's Steward single work   correspondence  
Issue Details: First known date: 2009 2009
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A letter written by Bennelong in 1796.

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    y Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Nicholas Jose (editor), Kerryn Goldsworthy (editor), Anita Heiss (editor), David McCooey (editor), Peter Minter (editor), Nicole Moore (editor), Elizabeth Webby (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1590615 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story (taught in 23 units)

    'Some of the best, most significant writing produced in Australia over more than two centuries is gathered in this landmark anthology. Covering all genres - from fiction, poetry and drama to diaries, letters, essays and speeches - the anthology maps the development of one of the great literatures in English in all its energy and variety.

    'The writing reflects the diverse experiences of Australians in their encounter with their extraordinary environment and with themselves. This is literature of struggle, conflict and creative survival. It is literature of lives lived at the extremes, of frontiers between cultures, of new dimensions of experience, where imagination expands.

    'This rich, informative and entertaining collection charts the formation of an Australian voice that draws inventively on Indigenous words, migrant speech and slang, with a cheeky, subversive humour always to the fore. For the first time, Aboriginal writings are interleaved with other English-language writings throughout - from Bennelong's 1796 letter to the contemporary flowering of Indigenous fiction and poetry - setting up an exchange that reveals Australian history in stark new ways.

    'From vivid settler accounts to haunting gothic tales, from raw protest to feisty urban satire and playful literary experiment, from passionate love poetry to moving memoir, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature reflects the creative eloquence of a society.

    'Chosen by a team of expert editors, who have provided illuminating essays about their selections, and with more than 500 works from over 300 authors, it is an authoritative survey and a rich world of reading to be enjoyed.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Allen and Unwin have a YouTube channel with a number of useful videos on the Anthology.

    Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009
    pg. 60-61

Works about this Work

BlackWords : Indigenous Stories Told Collecively Anita Heiss , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: The BlackWords Essays 2015; (p. 5)

In this essay Heiss discusses and explains the important role of anthologies in the creation of communities of writers and in acknowledging, consolidating and launching writing careers.

Bennelong's Letter Keith Vincent Smith , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 29-30 December 2012; (p. 24)
AIATSIS Acquires Rare Bennelong Letter Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Acquires Rare Bennelong Letter Peter Windsor , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 11 November vol. 9 no. 214 2010; (p. 8)
'A rare 209-year-old German book containing the first printed version of a letter from Bennelong has been acquired by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). The letter is contained in the 1801 German publication Monatliche Correspondenz zur Beforderung der Erd-und Himmelskunde edited by Franz Xaver Freiherr von Zach. Source: http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=20701 (Sighted 24/01/2011).
AIATSIS Acquires Rare Bennelong Letter Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Acquires Rare Bennelong Letter Peter Windsor , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 11 November vol. 9 no. 214 2010; (p. 8)
'A rare 209-year-old German book containing the first printed version of a letter from Bennelong has been acquired by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). The letter is contained in the 1801 German publication Monatliche Correspondenz zur Beforderung der Erd-und Himmelskunde edited by Franz Xaver Freiherr von Zach. Source: http://www.nit.com.au/News/story.aspx?id=20701 (Sighted 24/01/2011).
Bennelong's Letter Keith Vincent Smith , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 29-30 December 2012; (p. 24)
BlackWords : Indigenous Stories Told Collecively Anita Heiss , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: The BlackWords Essays 2015; (p. 5)

In this essay Heiss discusses and explains the important role of anthologies in the creation of communities of writers and in acknowledging, consolidating and launching writing careers.

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