J. P. McKinneyJ. P. McKinneyi(A355 works by)
Jack P. McKinney; John Phillip McKinney)
Born:Established:1891Numurkah,Numurkah area,Yarrawonga - Cobram - Nathalia area,Northern Victoria,Victoria,;Died:Ceased:6 Dec 1966Greenslopes,Greenslopes - Coorparoo area,Brisbane - South & South West,Brisbane,Queensland,
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Jack McKinney was educated at Scotch College, Melbourne, Victoria. He served for four years with the A.I.F. and his novel, Crucible, draws on his experiences in France. Returning to Australia, McKinney worked variously as a jackeroo, boundary-rider, reporter, miner, drover and Queensland farmer. In the early stages of his literary career, McKinney wrote poems and short stories. Following an illness, he began contributing to philosophic journals and also wrote The Challenge of Reason (1950) and The Structure of Modern Thought (1971). Towards the end of his life McKinney began writing plays, many of which appear only in manuscript, including 'Change of Lodgings: A Comedy' [19..], 'Moment of Truth' [19..], 'No Man is an Island' [19..], 'No Pauper was I' [19..] and 'The Shadows We Cast' [19..]. A number of these are held by the Fryer Library, University of Queensland.
'Insightful, humorous and confronting, “Crucible” is a delicate portrait of the thoughts and emotions of a young man experiencing a brutal and bewildering war. This prize-winning Australian novel of the First World War recounts the coming of age of a sensitive young Australian soldier on the Western Front. McKinney, whose portrait appears on the book’s cover, fought in France from 1915 to1918 with the First Anzac Cyclist Battalion, and much of the novel is loosely based on his own wartime experiences. It takes the reader to the trenches and their horrors, as well as to life behind the lines in occupied France. The camaraderie, intense friendships and occasional tensions among the Diggers who lived and died together in France is vividly portrayed, and young John Fairbairn finds himself faced with the painful dilemmas of love and betrayal that war so often brings in its train. “Crucible” broke new ground in its use of a narrative technique that slips between traditional third person narration and the immediacy of a sometimes fragmented and intense inner voice. It won the RSL Prize for an Australian War Novel in 1935, the year it was published.' (Publication summary)