An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark

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The Miegunyah Press, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 793 pages

Based on extensive private letters, journals, and diaries, this is the compelling biography of ñAustraliaÍs most famous historian,î Manning Clark. Painting a sweeping portrait of the man who gave Australians the signature account of their own history, this record chronicles ClarkÍs friendships with author Patrick White and artist Sidney Nolan; details his urgent and dynamic marriage, ripped apart at times by ClarkÍs affairs; and reveals his eccentricities from his writing letters to his dead parents to his flirting with Catholicism despite his doubts. More than just a biography of a brilliant man, this record is a history of 20th century Australia.

 

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Contents

Separation
61
The Fall from Grace
74
The Pilgrimage Begins
82
Melbourne Grammar 1928
91
Oxford and Bonn 193638
112
Europe at Last
129
Love By Correspondence
141
December 1938
160
Wars
245
Another Life
265
A Momentous Event
433
The Creator
452
The Travelling Historian
466
The Prophet and the Prime Minister
559
The Counterattack Begins
582
The Words of the Prophet
600

1939
168
Spring 1940
182
Geelong Grammar
202
Like Water with the Light Shining on it
212
Turning to Australia
225
AFTER LIFE
674
Acknowledgements
704
Further Reading
710
Index
779
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About the author (2011)

Mark McKenna is one of AustraliaÍs leading historians andæa research fellow in history at the University of Sydney.æHe is the author of several books, including Looking for BlackfellasÍ Point: An Australian History of Place, which won the Douglas Stewart Prize for Nonfiction and Book of the Year in the 2003 New South Wales PremierÍs Literary Awards.

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