Investigative Reporter of the Spirit: The Search for Five Women
Presented by Jeffrey Meyers
Renowned biographer Professor Jeffrey Meyers delivered the eighth annual Seymour Biography Lecture – on the craft of biography, autobiography, and memoir. In his work on Joseph Conrad, Wyndham Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Robert Frost, Meyers was fascinated to learn that each of these married writers had an intriguing, but elusive, lover. He found that these mysterious lovers assume an independent existence and had extraordinary lives worthy of a full-length study. In this lecture, Meyers reveals what happens when minor characters take on lives of their own.
Jeffrey Meyers – one of twelve Americans who are Fellows of the Royal Society of Literature – is one of the most respected scholars in his field. He has published fifty books and 800 articles on modern American, English, and European literature, has edited two collections of essays on biography and has lectured at numerous universities across the world. His interests include bibliography, editing, literary criticism, art history, and film. Based in Berkeley, California, Meyers is the author of several works on T. E. Lawrence and George Orwell and has written about the lives of Katherine Mansfield, Robert Lowell, D.H. Lawrence, Edgar Allan Poe, Edmund Wilson, Humphrey Bogart, Errol and Sean Flynn, Somerset Maugham, Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe, Samuel Johnson, and John Huston.
Jeffrey Meyers delivered the lecture at Australian Book Review on 17 September 2012.
Seymour Biography Lecture 2012, recorded at the National Library of Australia on 13 September 2012.
Supported by John and Heather Seymour, Australian Book Review, the State Library of New South Wales, and the National Library of Australia.
The Seymour Biography Lecture was also presented in Canberra and Sydney at the National Library of Australia and the State Library of New South Wales respectively.
Satan Repentant - Michael Aiken in conversation with David Malouf
Australian Book Review – in association with Sydney Ideas – is delighted to present the ABR Laureate's Fellow Michael Aiken in conversation with David Malouf, the ABR Laureate. Michael Aiken will read from his Fellowship project, 'Satan Repentant', a violent epic leaping from the cosmological to the infinitesimal, and a story of contrition.
When: 6pm, Wednesday 3 August, 2016
Where: Law School Foyer, Sydney Law School, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney
Visit the Sydney Ideas Events Page for more information.
The aim of the ABR Laureate's Fellowship is twofold: to honour and celebrate one our finest writers, and to advance the work of a young writer admired by the Laureate. The Laureate's Fellow receives $5,000 for the creation of a new work, to be published in ABR.
The ABR Laureate's Fellowship is supported by ABR Patrons.
Proust and Montaigne – Writing the Self, May 15 at 6.p.m
Please note this event is now booked out.
Literature, art and history
September 15–October 1, 2016
Australian Book Review is delighted to offer a 17-day tour to the North East USA for its readers, supporters and their friends. The tour features long stays in Washington, Cambridge and New York, with excursions to Boston and a two-night stop at New Haven.
There is a strong, but not exclusive, focus on literature in the itinerary, with visits to writers' homes, major libraries, rare book collections and major US publishers. ABR has used its deep professional contacts to arrange special events and access to sites not normally available to the public.
The tour is led by Australian Book Review's Peter Rose and Christopher Menz. Additional input is provided by local guides, librarians and art gallery lecturers. Accommodation is in centrally-located four-star hotels.
ABR has engaged Academy Travel, a leading Australian small-group cultural travel company, to manage the tour.
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