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Issue Details: First known date: 1988... 1988 The Meredith Trilogy
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Contents

* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,:Collins , 1988 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Introduction : The Meredith Trilogy, Garry Kinnane , 1988 single work criticism
Kinnane discusses Johnston's Meredith Trilogy as a mirror of Australian life.
(p. vii-xiii)
Introduction : My Brother Jack, Garry Kinnane , 1987 single work criticism (p. xvii-xxiii)
My Brother Jack : A Novel, George Johnston , 1964 single work novel

''The thing I am trying to get at is what made Jack different from me. Different all through our lives, I mean, and in a special sense, not just older or nobler or braver or less clever.'

'David and Jack Meredith grow up in a patriotic suburban Melbourne household during the First World War, and go on to lead lives that could not be more different. Through the story of the two brothers, George Johnston created an enduring exploration of two Australian myths: that of the man who loses his soul as he gains worldly success, and that of the tough, honest Aussie battler, whose greatest ambition is to serve his country during the war. Acknowledged as one of the true Australian classics, My Brother Jack is a deeply satisfying, complex and moving literary masterpiece. ' (Publication summary)

(p. 1-369)
Introduction : Clean Straw for Nothing, Garry Kinnane , 1988 single work criticism (p. 373-380)
Clean Straw for Nothing : A Novel, George Johnston , 1969 single work novel

'Set against the backdrop of a Greek island, Clean Straw for Nothing follows the story of successful war correspondent and retired journalist David Meredith as he abandons his career for a life in exile with his beautiful wife Cressida. Johnston focuses on the developing relationship between David and Cressida, exploring the complex and reflective character of David as he questions the nature of success, sexual tensions, expatriation and ill-health. The questions are almost entirely unanswerable and the freedom David craves nearly impossible.'

— publisher's website

(p. 383-681)
Introduction : A Cartload of Clay, Garry Kinnane , 1987 single work criticism
Kinnane reviews the narrative structure and technique of the novel and the circumstances of its creation.
(p. 685-690)
A Cartload of Clay : A Novel, George Johnston , 1971 single work novel (p. 693-807)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Collins , 1988 .
      Extent: xxiii, 807p.p.
      Reprinted: 2000
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by Garry Kinnane
      ISBN: 0732200431

Works about this Work

Biography and Fiction : George Johnston's Meredith Trilogy and Garry Kinane's Biography F. H. Mares , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 13 no. 3 1988; (p. 357-364)
An Excellent Gift for Christmas 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 20 November 1988; (p. 21)

— Review of The Meredith Trilogy George Johnston , 1988 selected work novel
Hardback Briefs 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail Weekend , 10 December 1988; (p. 7)

— Review of The Meredith Trilogy George Johnston , 1988 selected work novel
Hardback Briefs 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail Weekend , 10 December 1988; (p. 7)

— Review of The Meredith Trilogy George Johnston , 1988 selected work novel
An Excellent Gift for Christmas 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 20 November 1988; (p. 21)

— Review of The Meredith Trilogy George Johnston , 1988 selected work novel
Biography and Fiction : George Johnston's Meredith Trilogy and Garry Kinane's Biography F. H. Mares , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 13 no. 3 1988; (p. 357-364)
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