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Issue Details: First known date: 2010 2010
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Robert Dessaix provides a personal overview of the history, and role, of the essay.


  • First presented as the keynote address at 'Essaying: The Calibre Prizes', a symposium held at the National Library of Australia, 30 April 2010.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Australian Book Review ABR no. 322 June 2010 Z1697267 2010 periodical issue 2010 pg. 36-39
    Note: Available courtesy of ABR
  • Appears in:
    y As I Was Saying Robert Dessaix , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2012 Z1836181 2012 selected work essay autobiography prose 'As I Was Saying is a swirling conversation with the reader on everything from travel to dogs and cats, from sport and swearing to the pleasures of idleness. Punctuated at regular intervals by talks Dessaix has given on a wide range of subjects, as well as by some of his most incisive journalism, the conversation invites the reader to join a leisurely guided tour of his chamber of curiosities, featuring pieces collected all over the globe from across the centuries. Whether writing home from Vladivostock or Damascus, discussing what makes for good conversation or thinking aloud about the paintings, poems and books he loves, Dessaix always writes with an intimacy and attentiveness that beguile, entertain and make his readers eager for new discoveries.' (Publisher's blurb)
    North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2012
    pg. 44-64
  • Appears in:
    y Island no. 128 Autumn 2012 Z1860898 2012 periodical issue 2012 pg. 45-59
  • Appears in:
    y Creative Nonfiction no. 46 Fall 2012 6044994 2012 periodical issue 2012 pg. 6-11
Last amended 5 Jul 2012
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