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Donald Horne interviewed by Ann Turner [sound recording]
Bib ID 1862577
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Horne, Donald, 1921-2005, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research; written permission required for personal copies and public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 1994 
3 sound tape reels ; 7 and 10 in. 
Summary

Horne talks about the consolations of writing books and whether or not he will now concentrate his efforts on writing. He then discusses the receptions encountered by his works in particular a negative one for "But what if there are no pelicans." Horne then discusses the common theme of his works, in particular style, concern with "reality", sense of irony, fragmentary nature of writing and having an eye for the particular. He then considers the question of the influence exerted by some of his works eg "The lucky country", "Death of the lucky country" and "The story of the Australian people". Horne then discusses the relationship between writing books and paid occupations and talks about the Australian Association for Cultural Freedom. He then talks about the revision of some of his works for subsequent editions and looks at influences on his writing, in particular, Evelyn Waugh and Brian Penton. Horne then discusses the question as to whether he has a particular audience in mind when he's writing.

He then talks about his relationship with editors; importance of his wife in reviewing and supporting his work; his views on Republicanism; book reviews; method of writing and tackling other genres such as playwriting and poetry and his future literary plans.

Notes

Recorded on May 24, 1994 in Canberra.

Index/Finding Aid Note Corrected transcript (typescript, 56 leaves) 
Subjects Horne, Donald, 1921-2005 -- Interviews.  |  Authors, Australian -- Interviews.
Occupation Authors.
Other authors/contributors Turner, Ann, 1929-2011, Interviewer

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