The critic’s desire

John Hanrahan reviews some recent books of Australian literary criticism
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December 1992, no. 147

The critic’s desire

John Hanrahan reviews some recent books of Australian literary criticism
by
December 1992, no. 147

A.D. Hope by Kevin Hart

OUP, $14.95pb

Oxford University Press has begun a welcome series called Australian Writers. Two further titles, Imre Salusinszky on Gerald Murnane and Ivor Indyk on David Malouf, will appear in March next year and eleven more books are in preparation. Though I find the first three uneven in quality, they make a very promising start to a series. In some ways they resemble Oliver and Boyd’s excellent series, Writers and Critics, even being of about the same length. However this new series is less elementary, more demanding of the reader. It is, predictably, far sparser in critical evaluation, concentrating on hermeneutics, and biographical information is as rare as a wombat waltz.

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