A period in the shade

Martin Thomas on Patrick White
The ABR Podcast 09 June 2021

A period in the shade

Martin Thomas on Patrick White
The ABR Podcast 09 June 2021

Patrick White, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973, has long been considered Australia’s finest novelist. And yet, the thirtieth anniversary of his death in 2020 passed by with barely a murmur. Was this merely a consequence of the pandemic, or are there larger cultural forces at play? In today's episode, historian and ABR Calibre prize-winning essayist Martin Thomas considers the posthumous neglect of the great Australian writer, who once described himself as a ‘Londoner at heart’ and who continues to challenge jingoistic and complacent forms of nationalism.



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Comments (2)

  • He was one of the great authors xx!
    Posted by Lindsay Tuffin
    10 June 2021
  • Thank you for the podcast of Martin Thomas on Patrick White. Indeed, the only Australian Nobel Prize winner is greatly ignored these days in his own country.
    I have written a presentation about him (bilingual: English and Romanian) last year for the Romanian literary magazine 'Leviathan', in Bucharest.
    While researching material for the article, I was quite surprised by the indifference of the Australian literary establishment about this great writer.
    I believe Thomas is broadly correct in his assessment(s). There might be one or two more points relating to why White is ignored.
    But well done Martin Thomas for reminding us of Patrick White!!
    Posted by Daniel Ionita
    09 June 2021

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