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Thomas Keneally's Career and the Literary Machine



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An examination of Thomas Keneally's work and reception Booker Prize winner and Living National Treasure, Thomas Keneally still divides critical opinion: he is both a morally challenging stylist and a commercial hack, a wise commentator on society and a garrulous leprechaun. Such judgements are located in the cultural politics of Australia but also linked to ideas about what a literary career should look like. Thomas Keneally's Career and the Literary Machine charts Keneally's production and reception across his three major markets, noting clashes between national interests and international reach, continuity of themes and variety of topics, settings and genres, the writer's interests and the publishers' push to create a brand, celebrity fame and literary reputation, and the tussle around fiction, history, allegory and the middlebrow. Keneally is seen as playing a long game across several events rather than honing one specialist skill, a strategy that has sustained for more than 50 years his ambition to earn a living from writing.

Product code: 9781785270970

ISBN 9781785270970
No. Of Pages 270
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H229xW153xS26
Series Anthem Studies in Australian Literature and Culture
Publisher Anthem Press
'Thomas Keneally's Career and the Literary Machine' explains the disparate opinions, charting his writing's production and reception as shaping a literary career. It tracks tensions between literary and commercial values, national and international expectations, celebrity status and literary reputation.