Patrick White within the Western Literary Tradition
Sydney University Press
Patrick White within the Western Literary Tradition is a collection of essays demonstrating the strong influence of European, British, and American cultures on White's work. Representing the author's interest spanning over thirty-five years, the essays expose White's evocation of dimensions other than material reality, his preoccupation with epiphanies and mythmaking, and his constant forging of a poetic style. The book also contains a series of analytical studies of the themes and characters in White's major novels (The Aunt's Story, The Tree of Man and Voss).
About the AuthorBorn in Gundagai NSW, John Beston lives in Coffs Harbour after many years in the US. After early studies at the University of Sydney, he took a PhD in English at Harvard University and later studied linguistics at the University of Illinois. He has published widely on medieval and Australian literature. His most recent publication (2008) is a book-length translation of an Old French romance from 1200, Jean Renaut's Galeran de Bretagne.