The Writer Alan D. Mickle: Serendipity, Vanity and Obscurity in an Australian Literary Career

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Title The Writer Alan D. Mickle: Serendipity, Vanity and Obscurity in an Australian Literary Career
Author Buckridge, Patrick
Journal Name Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (JASAL)
Editor Susan Lever, Paul Genoni, Tanya Dalziel
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Canberra
Publisher National Library of Australia
Abstract This article examines the work of a largely forgotten literary intellectual, Alan D. Mickle (1883-1969). His career testifies to the possibility of living a long, active, varied and productive writing life entirely without institutional support, national recognition, or even much in the way of professional affirmation or encouragement beyond a very small circle of family and friends. In fifty years of writing, he produced a remarkable quantity, breadth and variety of literary work, including books of literary and philosophical essays, travel, autobiography, poetry, fiction, humour, fantasy, dramatic criticism, children's literature, sporting memoirs and political commentary: thirty separate volumes, none of them sufficiently popular, even at the time of publication, to earn the writer a living or even give him a profile in Australia. His writings often have a startling freshness and independence, but very singularity that makes him interesting also makes him unusually resistant to categorization in terms of group affiliations and clearly defined literary and intellectual traditions.
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Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the author 2009. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. For information about this journal please refer to the journal's website or contact the author.
Volume 9
Issue Number 1
Page from 1
Page to 11
ISSN 1447-8986
Date Accessioned 2009-07-06
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Science
Subject Australian Literature (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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