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The Land I Came Through Last

Robert Gray


Giramondo Publishing

Autobiography: literary


436 pages

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The title of Robert Gray's autobiography is drawn from a poem by the famous Australian poet Christopher Brennan, `The land I came thro' last was dumb with night / a limbo of defeated glory, a ghost'. There is more glory than defeat in this work, though, the memoir of a writer who is, in turn, one of Australia's best-known living poets. Although Gray is necessarily present throughout, the personal element is subdued - it is on others that the focus always falls, and on his parents most of all. Their struggle with defeated expectation and finally with old age closes the book. The Land I Came Through Last is ultimately a tribute to their strengths and weaknesses, and their very different personalities.

By:   Robert Gray
Imprint:   Giramondo Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
Edition:   illustrated edition
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 240mm
ISBN:   9781920882358
ISBN 10:   1920882359
Pages:   436
Publication Date:   August 2008
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

  • Short-listed for NSW Premier's Literary Award Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction 2009
  • Shortlisted for NSW Premier's Literary Award Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction 2009.
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