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Issue Details: First known date: 2006... 2006 John Curtin : Taking His Childhood Seriously
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'There are many different approaches to biography and political biography. If I had the skills and training of Judith Brett I may well have tried her psychological approach. But I did not and I was left to fall back on a largely narrative approach. This address is mainly about the writing of John Curtin: A life (Day 1999).' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Australian Political Lives : Chronicling Political Careers and Administrative Histories Tracey Arklay (editor), J. R. Nethercote (editor), John Wanna (editor), Canberra : ANU E View , 2006 12044331 2006 anthology criticism biography

    'This monograph brings together some of the best practitioners of the art and craft of political biography in Australia. They are simultaneously some of our best scholars who, at least in part, have turned their attention to writing Australian political lives. They are not merely chroniclers of our times but multidisciplinary analysts constructing layers of explanation and theoretical insight. They include academic, professional and amateur biographers; scholars from a range of disciplines (politics, history, sociology, public administration, gender studies); and politicians who for a time strutted the political stage. The assembled papers explore the strengths and weaknesses of the biographical approach; the enjoyment it can deliver; the problems and frustrations of writing biographies; and the various ways the ‘project’ can be approached by those constructing these lives. They probe the art and craft of the political biographer.'(Publication summary)

    Canberra : ANU E View , 2006
    pg. 51-54
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