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Contains over forty excerpts from Queensland literature in the period 1901-2001 together with eleven new essays by contemporary Queensland writers.
Dedication: To our esteemed Queensland Writers Centre patrons: Oodgeroo (1920-1988), Geoffrey Dutton (1922-1998), Michael Noonan (1921-2000).
To John Bright (RSB) and To Graeme Turner, Stuart Cunningham and Philip Neilsen (SG)
Epigraph: 'But in here, it seemed, the world was older, but the same.' Peter Carey
* Contents derived from the St Lucia,Indooroopilly - St Lucia area,Brisbane - North West,Brisbane,Queensland,:University of Queensland Press,2002 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
'The alienation, oppression and isolation that Gerard Lee records about the writing life in Queensland is not a lonely account. Ambivalence about their home towns, the politics, a stunted culture and devastated townscapes - mixed with the thrill of the exotic and the perverse - has been a rich soil for Thea Astley, David Malouf, Janette Turner Hospital and Rodney Hall. Younger writers such as Andrew McGahan, Mary-Rose MacColl and Venero Armanno also seem to be haunted by a memory of brutal politics and of many lost Brisbanes - mourned as one might the passing of childhood.' (Author's introduction, 69)