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Issue Details: First known date: 2004... 2004 A Single Flame
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  • Editor's note: This extract from one of Martin Boyd's autobiographies emphasises the reluctance with which a member of Australia's foremost artistic dynasty enlisted in the First World War. He came to do so in England. Here, we follow him on the leisurely, but for many one-way, sea voyage to war. Besides revealing Boyd's uncertainties as to where 'Home' truly was - an issue for many Australians of his time - the seeds of his later pacifism are discernible. Boyd was spared to write fiction that exemplifed his horror of war, including the novel When Blackbirds Sing (1962)
  • From Part 2, Black Sky at Noon: Chapter 1 (68-77) and Chapter 2 (79-80)

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    y separately published work icon On the War-Path : An Anthology of Australian Military Travel On the Warpath : An Anthology of Australian Military Travel Robin Gerster (editor), Peter Pierce (editor), Carlton : Melbourne University Press , 2004 Z1108788 2004 anthology prose autobiography extract poetry criticism diary essay travel war literature 'This anthology reveals the many ways in which going to war has formed a cultural bridge between Australia and the world. From the Sudan in 1885 to Afghanistan in 2001, the connection of war to travel is illustrated by writers and reveals how the experience of war has both broadened and refined (and sometimes distorted) Australian views of the world.' From cover of On the War-Path : An Anthology of Australian Military Travel (2004) Carlton : Melbourne University Press , 2004 pg. 72-78
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