Australian Classics

Australian Classics: 50 great writers and their celebrated works

Australian Classics is a selected overview of Australia’s greatest literature from the nineteenth century to today, including novels, poems, short stories, children’s books and seminal works of non-fiction.

‘I set out to write Australian Classics with a simple intention: to make a book on “Australian literature” as there are books on “Australian art”. I wanted to create a book that would give a broad overview of Australia’s writing and bring some of its key authors to a wide audience.’ Jane Gleeson-White


‘As a study and celebration of some of [Australian] literature’s finest blooms, Australian Classics is excellent.’ Richard King, Sydney Morning Herald

Australian Classics is generously inclusive, written with flair, not bent on settling scores, but on reopening and reintroducing the rich and often eccentric body of our literature. It is an enterprise for which Gleeson-White ought to be commended.’ Peter Pierce, The Canberra Times

‘It is in books like Australian Classics that our best hope lies for a healthy, productive Australian literature for many years into the future.’ Per Henningsgaard, Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature

‘I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to someone who wanted a crash course in Australian literature, but there’s also more to it than that … Australian Classics clearly has its uses not only for beginners but also for those who already know the field.’ Kerryn Goldsworthy, Weekend Australian

‘I hope I’m not alone in saying that a book of this ilk is long overdue … This is a very readable reference book and would make a great gift.’ Julia Jackson, Bookseller and Publisher

Australian Classics includes chapters on Rolf Boldrewood * Adam Lindsay Gordon * Tom Collins * Marcus Clarke * Barbara Baynton * AB ‘Banjo’ Paterson * Mary Gilmore * Henry Lawson * Christopher Brennan * Ethel Turner * Henry Handel Richardson * John Shaw Neilson * Miles Franklin * Norman Lindsay * Katharine Susannah Prichard * Arthur Mailey * Martin Boyd * AB Facey * Kenneth Slessor * Xavier Herbert * Christina Stead * Patrick White * Judith Wright * Jessica Anderson * Oodgeroo Noonuccal * Donald Horne * Elizabeth Jolley * Shirley Hazzard * David Malouf * Thomas Keneally * Randolph Stow * Les Murray * Robert Hughes * Gerald Murnane * Helen Garner * Peter Carey * Kate Grenville * Tim Winton



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