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Donald Friend Donald Friend i(A4670 works by) (birth name: Donald Stueart Leslie Friend) (a.k.a. Donald Stuart Leslie Friend; Donald Stewart Leslie Friend)
Born: Established: 6 Feb 1914 Sydney, New South Wales, ; Died: Ceased: 16 Aug 1989 Sydney, New South Wales,
Gender: Male
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1 Diaries, 10 June - 22 June (1945) Donald Friend , 2011 extract diary (The Diaries of Donald Friend. Volume 2)
— Appears in: The Penguin Book of Australian War Writing 2011; (p. 336-346)
1 6 y separately published work icon The Donald Friend Diaries : Chronicles and Confessions of an Australian Artist Donald Friend , Ian Britain (editor), Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2010 Z1728032 2010 selected work diary

'At age fourteen, Donald Friend declared: "Have done quite a lot of painting lately, and have made up my mind that I shall be an artist. And I shall be famous!"

Friend achieved his aim. He also left behind more than two million words of brilliant, intimate diary entries—one of the greatest acts of autobiography in Australian history.

This is the first single-volume selection of these writings and includes material from the two 'lost' wartime diaries recently unearthed in America by Ian Britain, along with handsome sketches by Friend.

Everyone is here: Russell Drysdale, Margaret Olley, Jeffrey Smart, Robert Helpmann, Barry Humphries and Robert Hughes, Mick Jagger and Gore Vidal. Friend's frank and often acerbic reflections trace his career, acquaintances and love affairs—in Australia, England, Italy, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Bali—as well as many of the notable characters and events of the twentieth century.

Most of all, the diaries attest to his ceaseless desire to understand and master his art. Neither love, food, writing, money or music, nor flattery nor sincere admiration nor the company of friends (all the things I am most partial to),' Friend wrote, 'could seduce me from my painting.' Reworked into a chronological narrative, and supplemented by material from correspondence and interviews, The Donald Friend Diaries reveal an extraordinary Australian life.' (From the publisher's website.)

1 From: The Diaries of Donald Friend Donald Friend , 2009 extract diary (The Diaries of Donald Friend. Volume 3)(The Diaries of Donald Friend. Volume 4)
— Appears in: Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature 2009; (p. 585-588)
1 8 y separately published work icon The Diaries of Donald Friend. Volume 4 Donald Friend , Paul Hetherington (editor), Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2006 Z1326781 2006 selected work diary

'Donald Friend's legendary years in Bali in the 1960s and 70s and his subsequent final decade in Australia, are revealed in detail in this fourth and final volume of The Diaries Donald Friend. In Bali he lives luxuriously, like a lord - even keeping his own gamelan orchestra - and becomes an international celebrity artist. He welcomes guests such as Mick Jagger and the Duke and Duchess of Bedford, entertains numerous other visitors who want to buy his paintings and drawings and socialised freely with friends, including many other artists. He engages in significant building activity and property development while also producing superb illustrated manuscripts and books. And despite increasing ill-health, Friend continues to revel in his life's drama and creativity, remaining an eloquent, often charming and sometimes irascible companion. Including over 60 drawings from the diaries, many of them in colour, this volume confirms Friend's quicksilver creative brilliance and extraordinary insight. He is perhaps Australia's most important twentieth-century diarist. Published under the auspices of the Morris West Trust Fund.'

1 5 y separately published work icon The Diaries of Donald Friend. Volume 3 Donald Friend , Paul Hetherington (editor), Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2005 Z1177638 2005 selected work diary

'Covering the period March 1949 to December 1966, Volume 3 of the extraordinary Diaries of Donald Friend sees Friend travel to Italy, London, France, Spain and Sri Lanka before eventually returning to Sydney. During this period he is also at Hill End (NSW), and in Queensland, all the time producing art (winning the Blake Prize in 1955), writing books, absorbing the influences of various cultures and meeting an interesting range of people, including Attilio Guarracino, Peter Sculthorpe, Patrick White, Robert Hughes and Ian Fairweather. Published under the auspices of the Morris West Trust Fund.' (Publication summary)

1 6 y separately published work icon The Diaries of Donald Friend. Volume 2 Donald Friend , Paul Hetherington (editor), Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2003 Z1085782 2003 selected work diary

'Covering the period January 1944 to March 1949, the extraordinary life of Australian artist Donald Friend continues in The Diaries of Donald Friend Volume 2. This is the second of four casebound volumes published by the National Library, revealing Friend's fine powers of observation, his irreverence and wit, his sensitivity and his marvellous eloquence. The diaries speak about art, love, friendship, travel, and much more, making absorbing reading as Friend experiences his final years of war service, both in Brisbane and as an official war artist; his return to Sydney where he lived with fellow artists in the colonial mansion Merioola; his travels to the Torres Strait Islands; and time spent in the old gold-mining town of Hill End. Including over 100 drawings from the diaries, this book is an essential publication for all lovers of art and great writing. Published under the auspices of the Morris West Trust Fund.' (Publication summary)

1 4 y separately published work icon The Diaries of Donald Friend. Volume 1 Donald Friend , Anne Gray (editor), Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2001 Z976115 2001 selected work diary

'When Donald Friend died in 1989, he left behind over 40 volumes of his diary. This first volume covers Friend's early life as a student, his adventures in Nigeria, and his experiences in the army during World War II. Including 100 drawings from Friend's diaries, this book is a chance to discover Friend the artist and Friend the writer. Published under the auspices of the Morris West Trust Fund.' (Publication Summary)

1 y separately published work icon Art in a Classless Society & Viceversa :A Study of Cultural Eccentricities Operating Within the Confines of Antipodean Normalcy, Copiously Illustrated with the Masterpieces of Avant Gard, Centre Gard and Derrier Gard Artists, Along With a Text That is Not Only Astonishingly Profound, but also Surprisingly Readable Donald Friend , Cammeray : Richard Griffin , 1985 Z980561 1985 single work criticism
1 The Artist as Writer Donald Friend , 1985 single work autobiography
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Magazine , 28-29 September 1985; (p. 7)
1 y separately published work icon Brief Encounters with Uncles, Great Aunts, Wombats, Womcats, Tomcats, Randy Bantam Roosters, Ducks, Pigeons, Seagulls, Elephants, Horses, Dogs, Flora and Fauna, as well as Rare Specimens of Humanity Ron Saw , Cammeray : Richard Griffin , 1984 Z977543 1984 selected work short story
1 y separately published work icon Songs of the Vagabond Scholars : Lyrics by Anonymous Wanderers Who Sheltered in Courts and Monasteries at the Time of the Black Death Randolph Stow (translator), Sydney : Beagle Press , 1982 Z1017115 1982 anthology poetry
1 y separately published work icon Donald Friend, Australian War Artist Gavin Fry , Colleen Fry , Donald Friend , Melbourne : Currey O'Neil , 1982 Z975983 1982 single work biography
1 y separately published work icon An Alphabet of Owls et Cetera: With a Text Suitable for all Children, Grown-ups, Non-readers, Ornamental Hermits, et alia. Donald Friend , Melbourne : Gryphon Books , 1981 Z975975 1981 single work novel
1 y separately published work icon The Farce of Sodom John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester , Donald Friend (editor), Donald Friend (illustrator), Melbourne : Gryphon Books , 1980 Z860040 1980 single work drama
1 1 y separately published work icon Bumbooziana : Sundry Notes and Papers, Being the Recently Discovered Notes and Documents of the Natural and Instinctive Bestiality Research Expedition Donald Friend , Donald Friend (illustrator), Melbourne : Gryphon Books Richard Griffin , 1979 Z1745581 1979 single work prose satire A 'satire of the numerous memoirs and books on travel to exotic locations which catered to the armchair traveller in England during the nnineteenth and twentieth centuries' ('Donald Friend's Bumbooziana').
1 y separately published work icon Coogan's Gully Donald Friend , Melbourne : Gryphon Books , 1979 Z977518 1979 single work picture book children's The story of the bushranger Bold Dan Coogan and his daughter, the arch-witch, Widow McClosky. 
2 y separately published work icon The Life, and Surprising Adventures, of Blue-Eyed Patty, the Valiant Female Soldier Melbourne : Croft Press , 1979 5982291 1790 single work short story

A chapbook 'history' of the fictitious Patty Freelove, who falls in love with Charles, the son of a neighbouring farmer. Charles, accused of killing game, is forced into military service with the 'Botany Bay Rangers,' and Patty, heartbroken, disguises herself as a man and joins up too. After a narrow escape in Rio De Janeiro, when 'a Portugese Lady, of great beauty and fortune' falls in love with the disguised Patty and hires 'ruffians' to kill her when her advances are spurned, the ship eventually arrives at Port Jackson. There they are soon attacked by 'natives,' and Patty, who fights with 'surprising courage' is wounded in the breast, and her sex is discovered. Patty and Charles marry and are allowed to return to England. At the end of the prose narrative is a brief account of the state of the colony, said to be related by Patty and Charles on their return. This includes some factual details, mentioning Arthur Phillip's wounding (in September 1790), and the parlous state of provisions in the early colony.

The concluding 'New Song. Tune, The Hardy Tar,' recapitulates the events of the narrative in verse form.

1 y separately published work icon Birds from the Magic Mountain Donald Friend , Bali : P. T. Bap , 1977 Z1016402 1977 single work prose Contains information about the exotic birds of Bali, interspersed with stories, legends, and many illustrations.
1 y separately published work icon The Cosmic Turtle The Cosmic Turtle : Batujimbar Bali Donald Friend , Perth : Carroll's , 1976 Z975967 1976 selected work short story autobiography fable
1 y separately published work icon Save Me From the Shark : A Picaresque Entertainment Donald Friend , London : Collins , 1973 Z975964 1973 single work novel
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