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Issue Details: First known date: 2010... 2010 The Secret Lives of Spies and Novelists : Herbert Dyce Murphy and Patrick White
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'The paper's "core" is the "secret life" of two Australians who worked for brief periods in intelligence and transmuted aspects of their experience in stories they subsequently told. Herbert Dyce Murphy's depiction of himself as "lady spy" in Europe in the early 1900s came to influence Australia's premier novelist Patrick White in the characterisation of his homosexual protagonist in White's novel The Twyborn Affair (1979). For Dyce Murphy and White, as for W. H. Auden and others, the image of the spy held imaginative appeal as a way of projecting the necessary disguises, subterfuges and possibilities that a life of secrecy entailed.' (278)


  • Includes reference to the influence of Herbert Dyce Murphy on Patrick White.

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    y separately published work icon Drops of Light Coalescing : Studies for Maria Teresa Bindella Antonella Riem Natale (editor), Angelo Righetti (editor), Udine : Forum : The University of Udine Press , 2010 Z1729799 2010 anthology criticism essay poetry short story autobiography The writings collected in this book pay homage to the academic credited with relevant studies on canonical authors like Scott, Hardy and Stevenson, and to the explorer who ventured into the new waters of colonial and post-colonial literatures in English, as well as to the teacher who, wanting to give her students first-hand experience of this subject, convened conferences and organized meetings with writers and critics from Australia, Africa, the Caribbean, the South Pacific. The volume contains papers in English and Italian touching on her academic fields of interest or covering interrelated research areas, and creative pieces or short memoirs by writers and colleagues (Italian and international), friends, former students – all of whom have had the opportunity and pleasure of appreciating Maria Teresa Bindella’s contribution in her various capacities over the years (publisher website). Udine : Forum : The University of Udine Press , 2010 pg. 123-131
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