Literature

D.H. Lawrence, Brian Penton and Australian Journalism

Of all the great names in English literature who have visited our shores, the one that left the biggest footprint was D.H. Lawrence. In 1922, in a bungalow in Thirroul, he wrote his eighth major novel, Kangaroo, which John Douglas Pringle called “the most profound book ever written about our country” (alongside only Hancock’s Australia). Lawrence co-authored another novel set in Australia (The Boy in the Bush, with West Australian nurse Millie Skinner), wrote a poem (“Kangaroo”), and dispatched fifty-three letters in which he told his various correspondents what he thought of a country whose “spirit of place” he initially…

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