Lusting for London: Australian Expatriate Writers at the Hub of Empire, 1870-1950

Hardcover | November 15, 2011

byPeter Morton

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Long before the post-WWII migration, over one hundred Australian writers left their homeland to seek fame and fortune in London. Some made little mark despite their arduous efforts; some made a tolerable living; a few, like Martin Boyd, H.H. Richardson and Christina Stead, actually achieved permanent fame.
Lusting for London analyses how these writers reacted to their new surroundings—in both their autobiographical writings and their creative work. With wit and rigor, Peter Morton studies the expatriate experience and reveals the ways in which the loss of these expatriates affected the evolving literary culture of Australia.

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Long before the post-WWII migration, over one hundred Australian writers left their homeland to seek fame and fortune in London. Some made little mark despite their arduous efforts; some made a tolerable living; a few, like Martin Boyd, H.H. Richardson and Christina Stead, actually achieved permanent fame. Lusting for London analyses h...

Peter Morton is an associate professor at Flinders University. He is the author of six books and many articles on Australian social and military history, biography, and literary criticism.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:294 pages, 9.14 × 5.68 × 0.9 inPublished:November 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230338887

ISBN - 13:9780230338883

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Issues of Definition and Evidence * Sailing for Eldorado: Going Home in the Literary Imagination * A Gout of Bile: Metic and Immigrant Expatriates * The Aroma of the Past: In Antipodean London * Drawing off the Rich Cream: The Struggle in London * Who Are You? No One: The Hacking Journalist in London * The Dear Old Mother Country: Richardson’s The Way Home and Stead’s For Love Alone * Always the Feeling of Australia in the Air: Martin Boyd’s Lucinda Brayford * A Leaven of Venturesome Minds: Literary Expatriates and Australian Culture * No More Pap from the Teats of London: From Expatriation to Transnationalism * A Padded Cell in Wagga Wagga

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"A keenly analytical and brilliantly written account of eight decades of the experiences of Australian expatriate authors in London." - Peter Pierce, editor ofThe Cambridge History of Australian Literature