Obituary for Geoffrey Dutton, 1922–1998 by Thomas Shapcott

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October 1998, no. 205

Obituary for Geoffrey Dutton, 1922–1998 by Thomas Shapcott

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October 1998, no. 205

Geoff Dutton was a man-of-letters who for many years made (with Max Harris) Adelaide seem one of the lively centres of Australian literary culture. One thinks of him in association with the magazines Angry Penguins, Australian Letters, and the original Australian Book Review, not to mention the inauguration of an Australian publication list for Penguin Books, and then, when that soured, the setting up of Sun Books, one of the most innovative of Australian publishing ventures at that time – which was in the difficult slough period of the 1950s and 1960s and into the 1970s.

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