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Patrick White in Periodicals Collection

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS237

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

The Patrick White in Periodicals Collection contains a comprehensive run of journal and magazine publications from 1934 to 2015 by and about Patrick White, the noted Australian author who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973. Many of White's short and long stories, including "Miss Slatery and Her Demon Lover," "Clay," and "A Cheery Soul," appear in published form in this collection in periodicals such as "Australian Book Review," "Australian Literary Studies," "London Magazine," "Meanjin Quarterly," "Quadrant," and "Southerly." In addition, numerous essays written by Geoffrey Dutton, Noel Macainsh, Thelma Herring, J. F. Burrows, and other critics reviewing or analyzing White's "Four Plays," "The Solid Mandala," "The Tree of Man," "Voss," "Vivisector," "Flaws in the Glass," or other works are included. These particular periodicals provide scholars with insight into the critical reception of this author who holds a central place in the history of Australian literature. Georgetown University Special Collections also possesses the Patrick White-Elizabeth Forbes Collection, which consists of 67 letters from White to Forbes, a representative at G. Heywood Hill, Ltd., a London bookdealer, spanning 1965 to 1973 and detailing book orders made by White.

SYNOPSIS: The Patrick White in Periodicals Collection comprises published short and long stories and excerpts from novels by author Patrick White and essays by others reviewing or analyzing his works. Almost all of the materials in this collection appears in the form of printed matter contained in periodicals. Arranged alphabetically by periodical title, the collection consists of 85 folders.


  • 1934 - 2015
  • Majority of material found within 1957 - 1985

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Biographical note

Patrick Victor Martindale White was born an Australian citizen while his parents were on holiday in London on May 28, 1912. After spending his childhood in New South Wales, Australia, White returned to England, where he received a B.A. in languages from King's College, Cambridge University. White served in the R.A.F. as an intelligence officer in the Middle East during World War II. He returned to Australia after the war. White embarked on a prolific writing career, authoring numerous novels, short stories, poems, and plays. He published his first novel "Happy Valley" in 1940, followed by the noteworthy novels "The Living and the Dead" (1941), "The Aunt's Story" (1948), and "The Tree of Man" (1954). White produced the landmark novel "Voss" in 1957, as well as the following novels: "Riders in the Chariot" (1961), "The Solid Mandala" (1966), "The Vivisector" (1970), and "The Eye of the Storm" (1973). Marked by a realistic portrayal of Australian life, these early writings enabled him to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973. The Royal Swedish Academy deemed White the writer who "for the first time, has given the continent of Australia an authentic voice that carries across the world." White later authored the novel "A Fringe of Leaves" (1976), the play "Big Toys" (1978), the novel "The Twyborn Affair" (1979), and his autobiography "Flaws in the Glass" (1981), among other works. Patrick White died on September 30, 1990, in Sydney, at the age of 78.


3.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

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Patrick White in Periodicals Collection
Scott S. Taylor. Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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