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'Award-winning Australian author Chester Eagle journeys through Australian literature offering engaging essays on the works of writers including Miles Franklin, Patrick White, George Johnston, Beverley Farmer, Helen Garner and Alexis Wright. As Eagle says in his introduction: "The essays are not introductory. I consider them rather as a sharing of one writer's reflections with the thoughts of readers who are looking for something new to add to their thinking. What the fellow-writer has to offer is the insight that comes from having also been at the heart of the risky business of creating and imagining. Writers can see what other writers are up to because they face the same problems and use the same tricks." These entertaining essays are linked by the essential notion of what it means to be a writer in Australia, and as such offer up valuable insights into our literature and country.'
Source: Publisher's website

Notes

  • Between some chapters of this book, Chester Eagle inserts brief 'Interludes', introducing the chapters that follow. These 'Interludes' are not indexed separately.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Yarraville, Footscray - Maribyrnong area, Melbourne - West, Melbourne, Victoria,:Transit Lounge , 2010 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Unfortunate Affairs, Chester Eagle , single work criticism (p. 1-11)
Jack and George : Who Owns a Life?, Chester Eagle , single work criticism

'A discussion of George Johnston's My Brother Jack in the light of two interviews with Jack and Pat Johnston on 29/7/1980 and 20/8/1980.' (Author's note.)

(Note: These interview tapes are held by the National Library of Australia; an abbreviated version of the interviews appears in Helix (1982).)

(p. 12-29)
Habe Dank!, Chester Eagle , single work criticism
A survey of Helen Garner's 'first phase'.
(p. 30-43)
Judith Wright : The Basis of Our Nation?, Helen Garner , single work criticism (p. 44-59)
Most Theatrical When Most Personal, Chester Eagle , single work criticism (p. 60-79)
Private Manning and Private Bourne : Her Privates We, Chester Eagle , single work criticism (p. 80-95)
The Teller of Tales Presents The Fortunes of Richard Mahony, Chester Eagle , single work criticism (p. 98-117)
Keeping It in the Family; One Way To Interpret the Past, Chester Eagle , single work criticism (p. 118-133)
The Un-Loving of Coonardoo, Chester Eagle , single work criticism
'A white woman's version of a black woman's life'. (Author's note.)
(p. 136-158)
Sally Morgan's My Place, Chester Eagle , single work criticism
'An Indian discovers she's Aboriginal; the struggle to find a way back.' (Author's note.)
(p. 159-172)
Where Certainty Lies : His Father's World, Chester Eagle , single work criticism
'Some thoughts about the values inherent in Alan Marshall's writing.' (Author's note.)
(p. 177-197)
A Broth of Gems; the Sky without Mother, Chester Eagle , single work criticism
'Some thoughts about the way Hal Porter makes his readers complicit inwhat happens inside the writer's mind.' (Author's note.)
(p. 198-214)
The Eye of the Storm : But What Is the Storm?, Chester Eagle , single work criticism (p. 215-230)
Tomorrow and Tomorrow : Sydney Burns, and a Future Is Revealed, Chester Eagle , single work criticism (p. 235-250)
A Ring That's Lost; Is There Something Better?, Chester Eagle , single work criticism
'Patrick White's management of plot in A Fringe of Leaves.' (Author's note.)
(p. 251-268)
Story and the Effacement of Story : Beverley Farmer's The Bone House, Chester Eagle , single work criticism (p. 273-292)
What Tree Is That? : Eucalyptus by Murray Bail, Chester Eagle , single work criticism
'A man with no name snatches the prize from Mr Cave in a book of endless deception: is there anything we can take as certain?' (Author's note.)
(p. 295-313)
A Desert Song, or Is It? : Voss by Patrick White, Chester Eagle , single work criticism
'The interior as a state of mind: something of a shame, really.' (Author's note.)
(p. 314-332)
Possession, Dispossession, What about Re-Possession?, Chester Eagle , single work criticism (p. 333-351)
Singing the Country : A First Look at Carpentaria by Alexis Wright, Chester Eagle , single work criticism (p. 352-368)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Notes:
Earlier versions of some of these essays appear on the Trojan Press website.

Works about this Work

Speaking Personally Gillian Whitlock , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies , Fall vol. 17 no. 2 2011; (p. 93-101)

— Review of A Revealed Life : Australian Writers and Their Journeys in Memoir 2007 anthology autobiography ; Creative Lives : Personal Papers of Australian Writers and Artists Penelope Hanley , 2009 selected work biography ; The Littoral Zone : Australian Contexts and Their Writers 2007 anthology criticism ; The Well in the Shadow : A Writer's Journey through Australian Literature Chester Eagle , 2010 selected work criticism
Eagle-Eyed Christina Hill , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 324 2010; (p. 62)

— Review of The Well in the Shadow : A Writer's Journey through Australian Literature Chester Eagle , 2010 selected work criticism
In Short : Nonfiction Bruce Elder , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17-18 July 2010; (p. 35)

— Review of The Well in the Shadow : A Writer's Journey through Australian Literature Chester Eagle , 2010 selected work criticism
Untitled Laurie Steed , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , May/June vol. 89 no. 8 2010; (p. 43)

— Review of The Well in the Shadow : A Writer's Journey through Australian Literature Chester Eagle , 2010 selected work criticism
Non-Fiction : Pick of the Week Steven Carroll , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 19 June 2010; (p. 24)

— Review of The Well in the Shadow : A Writer's Journey through Australian Literature Chester Eagle , 2010 selected work criticism
Non-Fiction : Pick of the Week Steven Carroll , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 19 June 2010; (p. 24)

— Review of The Well in the Shadow : A Writer's Journey through Australian Literature Chester Eagle , 2010 selected work criticism
Untitled Laurie Steed , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , May/June vol. 89 no. 8 2010; (p. 43)

— Review of The Well in the Shadow : A Writer's Journey through Australian Literature Chester Eagle , 2010 selected work criticism
In Short : Nonfiction Bruce Elder , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17-18 July 2010; (p. 35)

— Review of The Well in the Shadow : A Writer's Journey through Australian Literature Chester Eagle , 2010 selected work criticism
Eagle-Eyed Christina Hill , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 324 2010; (p. 62)

— Review of The Well in the Shadow : A Writer's Journey through Australian Literature Chester Eagle , 2010 selected work criticism
Speaking Personally Gillian Whitlock , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies , Fall vol. 17 no. 2 2011; (p. 93-101)

— Review of A Revealed Life : Australian Writers and Their Journeys in Memoir 2007 anthology autobiography ; Creative Lives : Personal Papers of Australian Writers and Artists Penelope Hanley , 2009 selected work biography ; The Littoral Zone : Australian Contexts and Their Writers 2007 anthology criticism ; The Well in the Shadow : A Writer's Journey through Australian Literature Chester Eagle , 2010 selected work criticism
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