12 Edmondstone Street single work   prose   autobiography  
  • Author: David Malouf http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/malouf-david
Issue Details: First known date: 1985 1985
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    y 12 Edmondstone Street David Malouf , London : Chatto and Windus , 1985 Z383858 1985 selected work autobiography essay

    'Malouf invites us on an intimate, beautifully described journey into his own past, beginning in his childhood home.

    'This remarkable book combines autobiography with a subtle, almost painterly sense of the ways in which the objects which we surround ourselves, and the places in which we live, build up our private maps of reality and shape our personal mythologies. David Malouf begins by describing in love, evocative detail, the house in Brisbane where he was born and grew up, moving from room to room, always relating the smallest items in it to the life he remembers and his widening perception of the world at large. He moves on to describe life in the Tuscan village where he lived, and the arrival of an Australian Television crew; reflecting on his first visit to India, he touches on the problems of interpreting and evaluating unfamiliar places; back in Australia, he recalls a traumatic wartime journey with his father from Brisbane to Sydney. Funny, humane and beautifully written, this is a unique and extraordinary essay in autobiography.'

    Source: Publisher's blurb (Vintage reprint). (Sighted: 9/5/2014)

    London : Chatto and Windus , 1985
    pg. 1-66

Works about this Work

Itinerant Reading, Itinerant Writing : Teaching Australian Literature Contextually Ian Reid , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Teaching Australian Literature : From Classroom Conversations to National Imaginings 2011; (p. 16-30)
'Australian literature is like literature in general, only more so: what characterises all reading and writing is embodied with special intensity in this case. Why? Because when you read or write in an Australian context, your imagination is unavoidably and utterly itinerant.' (Author's introduction, 16)
y On Experience David Malouf , Carlton : Melbourne University Press , 2008 Z1516606 2008 single work essay 'A short literary essay on the nature of experience.'--Provided by publisher.
Second look Peter Craven , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 3 July 2005; (p. 20)

— Review of 12 Edmondstone Street David Malouf 1985 single work prose autobiography
'A Delicate Business' : David Malouf's Shorter Prose Paul Sharrad , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: World Literature Today , Autumn vol. 74 no. 4 2000; (p. 759-768)
Argues that Malouf's shorter fiction, 'being more inclined toward the telling image than towards discursiveness, is able more consciously to tap into his creative strengths and provide new insights into old experiences' (760).
La Maison Onirique: David Malouf's First House Edward Hills , 1997 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Meridian , May vol. 16 no. 1 1997; (p. 3-14)
'Smoke Drifting Up at Dawn' : Individual Identity in the Poetry of David Malouf Dennis Haskell , 1994 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Provisional Maps : Critical Essays on David Malouf 1994; (p. 13-27)
'Yearning of Grandsons for a Language the Dead Still Speak' : Exile and the Loss of Language in David Malouf's Work Samar Attar , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Provisional Maps : Critical Essays on David Malouf 1994; (p. 51-69)
The Child in the (Queensland) House: David Malouf and Regional Writing Gillian Whitlock , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Provisional Maps : Critical Essays on David Malouf 1994; (p. 71-84)
Place, Possession, Power : The Politics of Space in David Malouf's 'Harland's Half Acre' Maryanne Dever , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Provisional Maps : Critical Essays on David Malouf 1994; (p. 117-131)
Living Spaces : Some Australian Houses of Childhood Bruce Bennett , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 16 no. 2 1994; (p. 35-42) Homing In : Essays on Australian Literature and Selfhood 2006; (p. 5-13)
Travellers' Tales Gay Raines , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , November no. 6 1992; (p. 68-80)
Second look Peter Craven , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 3 July 2005; (p. 20)

— Review of 12 Edmondstone Street David Malouf 1985 single work prose autobiography
y On Experience David Malouf , Carlton : Melbourne University Press , 2008 Z1516606 2008 single work essay 'A short literary essay on the nature of experience.'--Provided by publisher.
Itinerant Reading, Itinerant Writing : Teaching Australian Literature Contextually Ian Reid , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Teaching Australian Literature : From Classroom Conversations to National Imaginings 2011; (p. 16-30)
'Australian literature is like literature in general, only more so: what characterises all reading and writing is embodied with special intensity in this case. Why? Because when you read or write in an Australian context, your imagination is unavoidably and utterly itinerant.' (Author's introduction, 16)
'Smoke Drifting Up at Dawn' : Individual Identity in the Poetry of David Malouf Dennis Haskell , 1994 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Provisional Maps : Critical Essays on David Malouf 1994; (p. 13-27)
'Yearning of Grandsons for a Language the Dead Still Speak' : Exile and the Loss of Language in David Malouf's Work Samar Attar , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Provisional Maps : Critical Essays on David Malouf 1994; (p. 51-69)
The Child in the (Queensland) House: David Malouf and Regional Writing Gillian Whitlock , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Provisional Maps : Critical Essays on David Malouf 1994; (p. 71-84)
Place, Possession, Power : The Politics of Space in David Malouf's 'Harland's Half Acre' Maryanne Dever , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Provisional Maps : Critical Essays on David Malouf 1994; (p. 117-131)
La Maison Onirique: David Malouf's First House Edward Hills , 1997 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Meridian , May vol. 16 no. 1 1997; (p. 3-14)
Travellers' Tales Gay Raines , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , November no. 6 1992; (p. 68-80)
Living Spaces : Some Australian Houses of Childhood Bruce Bennett , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 16 no. 2 1994; (p. 35-42) Homing In : Essays on Australian Literature and Selfhood 2006; (p. 5-13)
'A Delicate Business' : David Malouf's Shorter Prose Paul Sharrad , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: World Literature Today , Autumn vol. 74 no. 4 2000; (p. 759-768)
Argues that Malouf's shorter fiction, 'being more inclined toward the telling image than towards discursiveness, is able more consciously to tap into his creative strengths and provide new insights into old experiences' (760).
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