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Paul Genoni Paul Genoni i(A34510 works by)
Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

Paul Genoni completed a PhD in Australian Literature at the University of Western Australia. He has taught at Curtin University with the Department of Media and Information and has been both secretary and president of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature.

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y separately published work icon Half the Perfect World : Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra, 1955–1964 Clayton : Monash University Publishing , 2018 14983146 2018 multi chapter work biography

'`Their years in the Aegean may have been half perfect at best, but it was on Hydra that they connected to a place, a lifestyle and a community that allowed them to live and express themselves intensely, and as they wished. They refused to believe their dreams were an illusion, or that boldness, ambition and a leap-of-faith might not allow them to reach beyond the constraints of their birthright'.

'Half the Perfect World tells the story of the post-war international artist community that formed on the Greek island of Hydra. Most famously, it included renowned singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen and his partner Marianne Ihlen, as well as many other artists and writers including the Australian literary couple, Charmian Clift and George Johnston, who fostered this fabled colony.

'Drawing on many previously unseen letters, manuscripts and diaries, and richly illustrated by the eyewitness photographs of LIFE magazine photo-journalist James Burke, Half the Perfect World reveals the private lives and relationships of the Hydra expatriates. It charts the promise of a creative life that drew many of them to the island, and documents the fracturing of the community as it came under pressure from personal ambitions and wider social changes. For all the unrealised youthful ambitions, internal strife and personal tragedy that attends this story, the authors nonetheless find that the example of these writers, dreamers and drifters continues to resonate and inspire.' (Publication summary)

2019 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Non-Fiction
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