Apollo in George Street

Apollo in George Street

The Life of David McKee Wright

by Michael Sharkey

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/10/2010

16%
OFF
RRP  $29.95 $25.25
    Please Note: We will source your item through a special order.  Please allow up to 8-14 weeks for delivery.
Apollo in George Street is a revelation. Not only does it tell the story of one of Australasia's major forgotten literary figures, it also chronicles a surprisingly unconventional period in Australian history, when bohemia rubbed shoulders with the middle classes in the suburbs and the six o'clock swill had not yet even been dreamed of. This story introduces artists and writers who set the stage for more celebrated, but no less doomed-to-oblivion Australian bohemians such as Mick Paul, Dulcie Deamer, Ray Lindsay and others who ignored or resisted the rise of Modernism in Australian art and writing. Through its cast of characters, the story brings to life aspects of the literary culture of New Zealand in the years before its independence and of Australia in the early years of Federation. It's a rattling good read. "A century ago David McKee Wright was one of the brightest stars in the Australasian literary firmament. A lyrical poet of international standing, he also wrote hundreds of humorous and topical verses. As journalist extraordinaire and later editor of the Bulletin's Red Page, he was a literary critic of great power and influence. Yet since his death Wright has been assigned to poetry's lost legion. Like the Roman poet Varius, whom he elegised, 'His music is a shadow and a doubt / A murmur of lost pride'. In the pages of Apollo in George Street, Michael Sharkey now vividly conjures the man and his work for reappraisal by a new century. As urbane and generous as its subject, this book does full justice to Wright's romantic, at times scandalous, but never less than astonishing career, tracing his often restless movements from Ireland to London, New Zealand, and finally Sydney; through his work, relationships and various poetic voices; and chronicling both his enemies and rivals and the remarkable range and strength of his many artistic friendships. In giving us back a life so richly lived, Sharkey's splendid biography helps to rewrite our literary history and the values which inform it."-Peter Kirkpatrick Michael Sharkey is an Australian poet, author of thirteen collections of poetry, most recent of which is Another Fine Morning in Paradise (2012), awarded the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry. He has written edited, reviewed and otherwise promoted Australian, New Zealand and other poetry for over thirty years. He has also edited an anthology of Australian humour, and written biographical and other essays on Australian prose writers. He formerly taught in several Australian and overseas universities.
ISBN:
9781921450341
9781921450341
Category:
Biography: literary
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-10-2010
Language:
English
Publisher:
Puncher and Wattmann
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
450
Dimensions (mm):
210x148mm

Our Australian supplier has this title on order. You can place a backorder for this title now and we will ship it to you when it becomes available. 

While we are unable to provide a delivery estimate, most backorders will be delivered within 8-14 weeks. If we are informed by our supplier that the title is no longer available during this time, we will cancel and refund you for this item. Likewise, if no delivery estimate has been provided within 12 weeks, we will contact our supplier for an update. If there is still no delivery estimate we will then cancel the item and provided you with a refund.

If we are able to secure you a copy of the title, our supplier will send it to our Sydney warehouse. Once received we make sure it is in perfect condition and then send it to you via the Australia Post eParcel service, which includes online tracking. You will receive a shipping notice from us when this occurs.

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review Apollo in George Street.