The Cardboard Crown
Sydney University Press, 2003 - 172 pages
Dominic Langton dies, leaving the family home to his brother, Guy Langton. There, Guy's discovery of letters written by his grandmother, Alice, provokes him to tell his family's history, with Alice as the central figure, in a novel. As a writer, he sets himself the task of discovering, narrating, and creating from the remnants of the past. The Cardboard Crown (1952), along with three other novels, A Difficult Young Man (1955) (also in Classic Australian Works), Outbreak of Love (1957); and When Blackbirds Sing (1962), is part what is now known as the Langton Quartet. These novels follow the fortunes of the Langton family in England and Australia for nearly a century.Martin Boyd was born in 1893 in Lucerne, Switzerland during one of the periodic trips his artist parents made to England and Europe. During World War I, Martin served in the Royal Flying Corps and was profoundly affected by his war experiences. He was awarded the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal in 1956 for A Difficult Young Man. Martin Boyd died in Rome, Italy, 1972, where he had lived for the previous fifteen years.
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This is the story of Alice Verso told through her grandson's discovery of her diary. From its pages half written in French he is able to uncover generations of intricate and complicated relationships ... Read full review