Cambria Press Publication Review: David Malouf and the Poetic

Congratulations to Dr. Yvonne Smith on another excellent review of her book, David Malouf and the Poetic: His Earlier Writings, this time by Australian Book Review.

David Malouf

The review notes that:

While not a biography per se, the book employs considerable biographical detail to good effect. … Smith covers this biographical record admirably, and uses it judiciously with regard to Malouf ’s published output. Her considerable original research, via interviews, diaries, letters, and drafts of Malouf ’s work is also put to good literary-critical use. In this respect, David Malouf and the Poetic is a major resource for any student of Malouf ’s work. … Smith’s approach – biographical and descriptive analysis – proves to be a powerful way to produce new insights into old works, a number of which (especially Johnno and An Imaginary Life) have already acquired a sizeable critical literature. … Happily, Smith’s study helps us to pay closer attention, in turn, to Malouf ’s important body of early work.

This book is in the Cambria Australian Literature Series, headed by Dr. Susan Lever.

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Cambria Press Forthcoming Publication on David Malouf

A new book on the celebrated Australian writer David Malouf will be out soon. Winner of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the inaugural Australia-Asia Literary Award, and the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature, Malouf’s works include novels, poetry, nonfiction, plays, and libretti.

His earlier works provide much insight into Malouf’s development as a writer, and the forthcoming book David Malouf and the Poetic: His Earlier Writings Yvonne Smith uncovers what the terms “poetic”, “poetic imagination” and “inner and outer ways” imply for his development as a writer. Making use of some of his correspondence, diaries, and drafts of work-in-progress, Yvonne Smith takes into fuller account the way his works relate to each other and to the circumstances in which they were written.

Cambria Press Publication David Malouf

Title: David Malouf and the Poetic: His Earlier Writings
Author: Yvonne Smith
Publisher: Cambria Press
ISBN: 9781604979367
304 pp. | 2017 | Hardback & E-book
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Cambria Press Book Review! The Experimental Fiction of Murray Bail is a “thorough overview” and a “sound guide”!

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Cambria Press congratulates Michael Ackland on the outstanding review of his book, The Experimental Fiction of Murray Bail, which JASAL praised for it being a “thorough review of this major Australian artist” that fills the long-overdue need for an extended study. The review also encourages that “devotees might especially take up his newest novel, The Voyage (2012), and apply their insight to this text.”

Below is an excerpt from the book:
Bail’s ideas remain a work-in-progress. In “The Seduction of My Sister” regenerative alternatives arise from the last vacant block of land in a suburban street. Bail, in a sense, has decided to cultivate a similar, largely trammelled lot, and readers will watch with interest to see what he chooses to erect in the still open-ended Australian landscape. As Ern Malley, another enigmatic figure on the Australian literary stage, has insisted grandiloquently: “I have split the infinitive. Beyond is anything” Read more now through the Cambria Free Preview.

This book is in the Cambria Australian Literature Series by Susan Lever.

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Outstanding Review for David Foster: The Satirist of Australia

Cambria Press congratulates Dr. Susan Lever (general editor of the Cambria Australian Literature Series) on the recent outstanding review of her book, David Foster: The Satirist of Australia, by Australian Literary Studies, which praises the work—among other reasons––because “Lever begins the very necessary work of bridging the gap between generalist studies of European or British satire and the idiosyncrasies of Australian satirical writing.”

This book has already garnered many accolades from other academic journals and was also shortlisted for Australia’s prestigious Walter McRae Russell Award.

David Foster is the most original, challenging, contradictory, risk-taking and infuriating Australian novelist of his generation. Four of Foster’s novels have won major literary awards in Australia: his first novel, The Pure Land (1974), shared the first Age Book of the Year award (with volume three of Manning Clark’s A History of Australia) in 1975; his second novel, Moonlite (1981), was the National Book Council Book of the Year for 1981; The Glade Within the Grove (1996) won the Miles Franklin award in 1997; and In the New Country (1999) was the inaugural Brisbane Courier-Mail Book of the Year in 1999. Foster’s novels have attracted the admiration of many other writers and critics, including White, Geoffrey Dutton, Randolph Stow and Annie Proulx, and his contribution to Australian writing has been recognized by several Australia Council grants and a prestigious ‘Keating’ Creative Fellowship in 1991.

In this first critical study of David Foster’s works, Susan Lever steers us into penetrating the mysteries of Foster’s fiction, and provides guidance to readers willing to approach them. The book examines the contradictory nature of his commitments and interests as expressed mainly in his novels. Each of his works of fiction and poetry in the order of publication (except for The Adventures of Christian Rosy Cross and The Pale Blue Crochet Coathanger Cover which are discussed with similar novels) are discussed. The development of Foster’s philosophical ideas and technique as a novelist over the 35 years of his writing life to date is followed. The book also examines Foster’s letters to Geoffrey Dutton early in his career; his interviews and essays provide some of the background to these novels. The book also furnishes a sense of the Australian context for his work. A brief biography of Foster’s early life and a discussion of his approach to satire is also included.

Recommend this book to your librarian today! They can order it directly from Cambria Press or they can order through their preferred academic book wholesaler (Cambria Press is on the approval list of premier wholesalers like YBP).

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