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In Search of Edward John Eyre by Geoffrey Dutton

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December 1982–January 1983, no. 47
Ray Ericksen reviews 'In Search of Edward John Eyre' by Geoffrey Dutton

In Search of Edward John Eyre

by Geoffrey Dutton

Macmillan, 152 pp., $19.95 pb

In Search of Edward John Eyre by Geoffrey Dutton

by
December 1982–January 1983, no. 47

In this volume, a valued literary companion of long standing has been stripped of two-thirds of its substance, all of its footnotes and bibliography, even acknowledgments; and the remnant, daubed with illustrations, comes out dressed for a different marketplace.

Dutton’s admirable first biography of Eyre – The Hero as Murderer, (1967, Collins/Cheshire) gets no mention here, not even in the blurb on book and author. Yet it is the same author, same subject, same epigraphs, same dedication: and the text, apart from some stringing together, is extracts from the original. Only title, index, extra illustrations, and the publisher are quite new; and there is not one word to inform intending buyers and readers that this book is not new writing published for the first time in 1982.

Ray Ericksen reviews 'In Search of Edward John Eyre' by Geoffrey Dutton

In Search of Edward John Eyre

by Geoffrey Dutton

Macmillan, 152 pp., $19.95 pb

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