Out in the Open: An autobiography by Geoffrey Dutton

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October 1994, no. 165

Out in the Open: An autobiography by Geoffrey Dutton

UQP, S39.95 hb

Out in the Open: An autobiography by Geoffrey Dutton

by
October 1994, no. 165

Literary biographies are reputedly more widely read than their subjects’ own works: more people have probably read David Marr’s biography of Patrick White than have tackled The Twyborn Affair or The Aunt’s Story. The same may perhaps can be said for autobiography, and it’s my bet that Geoffrey Dutton’s Out in the Open will attract more attention than, say, his novel, Andy (Flying Low), his collections of poetry, or even his impressive biography of Edward John Eyre.

What is it about writers’ lives that is so fascinating? The glimpse they give of the person behind the persona? The chance they give for vicarious adventure or illicit love affair? Another form of voyeurism? Or is it simply that the personal narrative is more accessible, an easier read?

Julie Lewis reviews 'Out in the Open: An autobiography' by Geoffrey Dutton

Out in the Open: An autobiography

by Geoffrey Dutton

UQP, S39.95 hb

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