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Dear Kathleen, dear Manning : the correspondence of Manning Clark and Kathleen Fitzpatrick 1949-1990 / edited by Susan Davies
Bib ID 1301187
Format BookBook
Author
Clark, Manning, 1915-1991
 
Description Carlton South, Vic., Australia : Melbourne University Press, 1996 
xvii, 182 p. ; 20 cm. 
ISBN 052284703X
Summary

Manning Clark and Kathleen Fitzpatrick were influential Australian historians; they were both also gifted writers. Their personal letters, published for the first time in Dear Kathleen, Dear Manning, form a revealing and moving collection. They trace the gradual development over forty years of an unlikely, but deep and sympathetic friendship - one which became more and more important to the writers as they moved into old age. Clark's left-wing politics contrasted with Fitzpatrick's staunch liberalism; her privileged background was very different from his more austere upbringing: her stately demeanour was at odds with his studied larrikinism. Manning Clark took to the public stage, while Kathleen Fitzpatrick remained resolutely private.

Yet they struck a chord in each other, seeing themselves in some way as 'outsiders'. They were both extraordinarily sensitive and reserved people; notice the delicacy and obliqueness with which they refer to personal problems, and the sympathy they quickly extend for each other's troubles and nervous ills.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Clark, Manning, - 1915-1991 - Correspondence.  |  Fitzpatrick, Kathleen, - 1905-1990 - Correspondence.  |  Authors, Australian - 20th century - Correspondence.  |  Historians - Australia - Correspondence.
Other authors/contributors Fitzpatrick, Kathleen, 1905-1990  |  Davies, Susan L

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