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Letters of Patrick White and Geoffrey Dutton to Alison J. Sherrington, 1967 February 8-14 [manuscript]
Bib ID 6003764
Format ManuscriptManuscript
White, Patrick, 1912-1990
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1967] 
0.03 m. (1 folder) 

MS Acc12.080 comprises two pieces of handwritten correspondence, one from Patrick White dated 8 February, 1967 and one from Geoffrey Dutton, 14 February, 1967, to Alison Sherrington. The correspondence relates to Sherrington's idea for Patrick White to write a book on the inspirational links between the arts (1 folder).


Born in England in 1912, Patrick White became Australia's first Nobel Laureate in literature. White published 12 novels and nearly 30 short stories during his lifetime, together with a modest number of poems. His great novels, from The aunt's story (1948) to Memoirs of many in one (1986), were written steadily over a period of almost 40 years. His dozen dramatic works were written in two distinct periods of activity: from The ham funeral in 1947 to A cheery soul in 1962, and then again from Big toys in 1977 to Shepherd on the rocks in 1987.

White published a number of essays, especially in his later years when he became a reluctant activist for the preservation of Centennial Park and other green spaces, for indigenous rights, for an Australian republic and against nuclear arms. He also published a 1981 autobiography, Flaws in the glass. He was a prolific correspondent, with a selection of his thousands of known letters appearing in David Marr's 1994 publication, Patrick White: letters. White died in 1990. His lifelong partner, Manoly Lascaris, survived him for 13 years, dying in 2003.

Poet, biographer, editor, critic, publisher and journalist. Geoffrey Piers Henry Dutton wrote or edited over 200 books including poetry, fiction, biographies, art appreciation, travel books and critical essays.

Alison Janet Sherrington worked as an English teacher in secondary schools in Australia and Britain. She is also an author, editor of Bible translations and president of Philip House, an interdenominational evangelical women's organisation.


Manuscript reference no.: MS Acc12.080.

Subjects White, Patrick, 1912-1990 -- Correspondence.  |  Dutton, Geoffrey, 1922-1998 -- Correspondence.  |  Sherrington, Alison J. -- Correspondence.  |  Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Correspondence.  |  Art and literature.  |  Queries (Authorship)
Time Coverage 1967, 1967 
Occupation Authors.  |  Novelists.  |  Publishers.
Other authors/contributors Dutton, Geoffrey, 1922-1998


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