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'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.)

Notes

  • Dedication:

    To those who were in at the chase, USA, 2009:
    Phillip in Boston and on the road
    Bob in New York and Woodstock
    Claire and Nick at Harvard
    David and Bob in Philadelphia

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Works about this Work

Books : The Donald Friend Diaries Chris Raja , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Art Monthly Australia , October no. 244 2011; (p. 82)

— Review of The Donald Friend Diaries : Chronicles and Confessions of an Australian Artist Donald Friend , 2010 selected work diary
Untitled Samela Harris , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 27 November 2010; (p. 26)

— Review of The Donald Friend Diaries : Chronicles and Confessions of an Australian Artist Donald Friend , 2010 selected work diary
An Artist with a Writer's Eye Mark Baker , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 20 November 2010; (p. 23)

— Review of The Donald Friend Diaries : Chronicles and Confessions of an Australian Artist Donald Friend , 2010 selected work diary
Untitled Deborah Crabtree , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , October vol. 90 no. 3 2010; (p. 31)

— Review of The Donald Friend Diaries : Chronicles and Confessions of an Australian Artist Donald Friend , 2010 selected work diary
Donald the Diarist Patrick McCaughey , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 326 2010; (p. 24, 26)

— Review of The Donald Friend Diaries : Chronicles and Confessions of an Australian Artist Donald Friend , 2010 selected work diary
Donald the Diarist Patrick McCaughey , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 326 2010; (p. 24, 26)

— Review of The Donald Friend Diaries : Chronicles and Confessions of an Australian Artist Donald Friend , 2010 selected work diary
Untitled Deborah Crabtree , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , October vol. 90 no. 3 2010; (p. 31)

— Review of The Donald Friend Diaries : Chronicles and Confessions of an Australian Artist Donald Friend , 2010 selected work diary
An Artist with a Writer's Eye Mark Baker , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 20 November 2010; (p. 23)

— Review of The Donald Friend Diaries : Chronicles and Confessions of an Australian Artist Donald Friend , 2010 selected work diary
Untitled Samela Harris , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 27 November 2010; (p. 26)

— Review of The Donald Friend Diaries : Chronicles and Confessions of an Australian Artist Donald Friend , 2010 selected work diary
Books : The Donald Friend Diaries Chris Raja , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Art Monthly Australia , October no. 244 2011; (p. 82)

— Review of The Donald Friend Diaries : Chronicles and Confessions of an Australian Artist Donald Friend , 2010 selected work diary
Voice from the Past Ian Britain , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25-26 September 2010; (p. 5,8-9)
Ian Britain, editor of The Donald Friend Diaries : Chronicles and Confessions of an Australian Artist (2010), recovered long-lost volumes of the artist's diaries.
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