is the first collection
of major critical essays on the most Australian Australian.
Including work by John Frow, John McLaren, David Carter, Cath
Ellis, Nathan Hollier, Carole Ferrier, Delys Bird, Peter Williams
and Cathy Greenfield, the editors have gathered material from
a broad and impressive variety of sources and critical perspectives.
This long-awaited collection
also features a posthumously-published essay by Frank Hardy,
Dave Nadels controversial key to Power Without Glory
and Tony Morphetts revealing Spectrum interview.
When Frank Hardy died peacefully
at his home on 28 January 1994, feet up on the table and the
racing form-guide in hand, Australia lost one of its great
larrikins. He was Australias most famous communist writer,
who published six novels, three books of non-fiction and more
than a dozen collections of stories. In the process, he cultivated
a reputation as the countrys most celebrated working-class
writer, yarn spinner and despiser of authority, debt-collectors
and parking police. He will be remembered as a major literary
and radical-political figure of twentieth-century Australia.
Dictionary of Literary Biography
About the editors
Paul Adams is a senior lecturer in the Department of Communication,
Languages and Cultural Studies at Victoria University of Technology.
He has recently published a literary biography on Frank Hardy
The Stranger From Melbourne. Frank Hardy A Literary
Biography, 19441975. Christopher Lee is
a senior lecturer in the Department of Humanities and International
Studies at the University of Southern Queensland. His most recent
publications is Authority and Influence: Australian Literary
Criticism 19502000 (with Delys Bird and Robert
Dixon). He is currently President of the Association for the
Study of Australian Literature.