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The colonials / Brian Fitzpatrick
Bib ID 6250370
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Fitzpatrick, Brian, 1905-1965, author
 
Description Carlton, Victoria : Melbourne University Press, 2013 
©2013 
313 pages ; 20 cm 
ISBN 9780522864472 (paperback)
Summary

Nearly half a century ago, a young Australian journalist without a newspaper decided to try his hand at writing a novel. He was Brian Fitzpatrick, who was later to win public notice as an historian, as a radical polemicist and lobbyist on the fringe of the Labour movement, and as first General Secretary of the Australian Council for Civil Liberties. Yet The Colonials is far more a 'psychological' novel than a social panorama or a story with a plot. It was surely the first Australian novel to capture the nuance of a school-teacher's condition underpaid, conscious of moral superiority to his more vulgar and less well-informed neighbours, resentful of his low standing in a society differentiated by income or appearances more than intelligence or respectability. There is ample plunder here for social historians of the more predatory sort.

Notes

A novel.

Subjects Australian fiction.  |  Teachers - Australia - Fiction.  |  Australia - Social life and customs - 20th century - Fiction.  |  Australian
Form/genre Australian fiction

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