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Memoirs of a slow learner, Peter Coleman

Label
Memoirs of a slow learner
Title
Memoirs of a slow learner
Statement of responsibility
Peter Coleman
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Part autobiography, part cultural history, some will read MEMOIRS OF A SLOW LEARNER as a comic anatomy of the corpse of Australian small-l liberalism. Others will see in it a journalistic record of the times. Yet others a moving personal statement. It is a unique departure in Australian autobiography. Commenting on this new edition, Coleman writes: 'Looking back across twenty years I see more clearly than I did at the time that the real origin of MEMOIRS OF A SLOW LEARNER was my immersion in the poetry of James McAuley (my co-editor at Quadrant.) I had already written one response to his work and genius, The Heart of James McAuley (Connor Court). His autobiographical poems moved me deeply, especially his 'Letter to John Dryden'. It distantly echoed a similar family background to mine (freethinking father, Protestant mother), a similar education in a secular state grammar school and Sydney University, infatuation with Marxism, mysticism and Christianity. But whereas McAuley found a resolution of his quest in the Catholic Church, I persevered with secular liberalism, in the belief that imagination and feeling could still moisten its parched landscape. Several writers published rejoinders to McAuley's poem - Jack Lindsay, Amy Witting, A.D.Hope. Memoirs of a Slow Learner was mine. It could be called 'A Letter to James McAuley'. In the years since I have come to accept many of McAuley's criticisms of my liberal secularism - many but not all. I am now more sceptical of the freethinkers who influenced me in my youth such as the philosopher John Anderson and far less sceptical of church leaders who deplored their influence. The conversation continues.'
Biography type
autobiography
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1928-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Coleman, Peter
Dewey number
994.06092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Coleman, Peter
  • Authors, Australian
  • Journalists
  • Editors
  • Legislators
Label
Memoirs of a slow learner, Peter Coleman
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Special collection: Parliamentary Authors
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
New edition.
Extent
ix, 178 pages, [16] unnumberd pages of plates
Isbn
9781925138269
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781925138269
Label
Memoirs of a slow learner, Peter Coleman
Publication
Note
Special collection: Parliamentary Authors
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
New edition.
Extent
ix, 178 pages, [16] unnumberd pages of plates
Isbn
9781925138269
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781925138269

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