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This is an auction for PATRICK WHITE: LETTERS, selected by David Marr.

[This is the book on the right. 'Patrick White: a life' is in a separate auction.]

"Letters are the devil, and I always hope that any I have written have been destroyed."
- Patrick White

"Patrick White spent his whole life writing letters. He wanted them all burnt, but thousands survive to reveal him as one of the greatest letter-writers of his time. PATRICK WHITE: LETTERS is an unexpected and final volume of prose by Australia's most acclaimed novelist. Only a few scraps of White's letters have been published before. From the First World War until his death in 1990, letters poured from White's pen: they are shrewd, funny, dramatic, pigheaded, camp, and above all, hauntingly beautiful. He wrote novels to sway a hostile world, but letters were for friends. The culmination of ten years' work by David Marr, author of 'Patrick White: A Life', these are the letters of a profound critic, a gossip with the sharpest eyes and tongue, a man who loved and hated ferociously,an angry patriot, and a believer never free of doubt."

"A literary milestone."
- Kirkus Reviews (US)

"Mean-spirited and brilliant, the 600 letters collected here offer real insight into the life of the Nobel-Prize winning Australian author. White's venom is matched by his torment, and the whole volume is redeemed by outstanding writing."
- Publisher's Weekly (US)

Patrick White (1912-1990), Australian novelist and playwright, won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1973. His many novels include Voss, The Twyborn Affair, and Riders in the Chariot.

Large format (trade) paperback 1994.

677 pages + over 100 photographs.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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