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Issue Details: First known date: 1985... 1985 The Life of Art
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    y Room to Move : The Redress Press Anthology of Australian Women's Short Stories Suzanne Falkiner (editor), North Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 1985 Z371170 1985 anthology short story North Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 1985 pg. 70-76
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    y Postcards from Surfers : Stories Helen Garner , Fitzroy : McPhee Gribble , 1985 Z372281 1985 selected work short story

    'From one of Australia's most celebrated writers comes eleven stories about the complexities of life and love; of looking back and longing; of what it means to be a stranger, on foreign ground and known, told with the piercing familiarity and resonance we have come to expect from Helen Garner. Remarkably honest, often very funny and always woven in ways that surprise, these stories tease out everyday life to show the darkness underneath - but also the possibilities of joy.'

    Source: Publisher's blurb (Penguin Modern Classics)

    Fitzroy : McPhee Gribble , 1985
    pg. 53-62
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    y The Australian Literary Magazine The Australian Literary Quarterly 6-7 July 1985 Z606711 1985 newspaper issue 1985 pg. 1
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    y Coast to Coast : Recent Australian Prose Writing Kerryn Goldsworthy (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1986 Z373606 1986 anthology short story prose essay extract Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1986 pg. 187-194
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    y The Faber Book of Contemporary Australian Short Stories Murray Bail (editor), London : Faber , 1988 Z356335 1988 anthology short story humour science fiction (taught in 1 units) London : Faber , 1988 pg. 293-299
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    y Living Here : Short Stories From Australasia 1938-1988 Edmund Campion (editor), Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 1988 Z95233 1988 anthology short story Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 1988 pg. 96-102
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    y The Arnold Anthology of Post-Colonial Literatures in English John Thieme (editor), London : Arnold , 1996 Z818232 1996 selected work extract poetry short story London : Arnold , 1996 pg. 279-284
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    y Making Connections : Six Australian Short Story Writers Brian Keyte (editor), Melbourne : Addison Wesley Longman Australia , 1997 Z221043 1997 anthology short story criticism

    The stories chosen chart the emotions and the experiences of human beings living at particular times and in particular places. Collected as the landmark of a new millennium approached, the stories represent an interest at that time in past and future.

    Melbourne : Addison Wesley Longman Australia , 1997
    pg. 98-104
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    y My Hard Heart : Selected Fiction Helen Garner , Ringwood : Viking , 1998 Z444067 1998 selected work short story Ringwood : Viking , 1998 pg. 242-251
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    y The Penguin Century of Australian Stories Carmel Bird (editor), Ringwood : Viking , 2000 Z290212 2000 anthology short story Ringwood : Viking , 2000 pg. 295-300
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    y Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Nicholas Jose (editor), Kerryn Goldsworthy (editor), Anita Heiss (editor), David McCooey (editor), Peter Minter (editor), Nicole Moore (editor), Elizabeth Webby (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1590615 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story (taught in 23 units)

    'Some of the best, most significant writing produced in Australia over more than two centuries is gathered in this landmark anthology. Covering all genres - from fiction, poetry and drama to diaries, letters, essays and speeches - the anthology maps the development of one of the great literatures in English in all its energy and variety.

    'The writing reflects the diverse experiences of Australians in their encounter with their extraordinary environment and with themselves. This is literature of struggle, conflict and creative survival. It is literature of lives lived at the extremes, of frontiers between cultures, of new dimensions of experience, where imagination expands.

    'This rich, informative and entertaining collection charts the formation of an Australian voice that draws inventively on Indigenous words, migrant speech and slang, with a cheeky, subversive humour always to the fore. For the first time, Aboriginal writings are interleaved with other English-language writings throughout - from Bennelong's 1796 letter to the contemporary flowering of Indigenous fiction and poetry - setting up an exchange that reveals Australian history in stark new ways.

    'From vivid settler accounts to haunting gothic tales, from raw protest to feisty urban satire and playful literary experiment, from passionate love poetry to moving memoir, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature reflects the creative eloquence of a society.

    'Chosen by a team of expert editors, who have provided illuminating essays about their selections, and with more than 500 works from over 300 authors, it is an authoritative survey and a rich world of reading to be enjoyed.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Allen and Unwin have a YouTube channel with a number of useful videos on the Anthology.

    Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009
    pg. 1017-1022
Alternative title: Ein Leben fur die Kunst
Language: German

Works about this Work

Directions in Recent Fiction Brian Matthews , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: Island Magazine , Spring no. 28 1986; (p. 39-43)
Directions in Recent Fiction Brian Matthews , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: Island Magazine , Spring no. 28 1986; (p. 39-43)
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