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An eye for eternity : the life of Manning…

An eye for eternity : the life of Manning Clark

by Mark McKenna

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0522856179, Hardcover)

Based on extensive private letters, journals, and diaries, this is the compelling biography of “Australia’s most famous historian,” Manning Clark. Painting a sweeping portrait of the man who gave Australians the signature account of their own history, this record chronicles Clark’s friendships with author Patrick White and artist Sidney Nolan; details his urgent and dynamic marriage, ripped apart at times by Clark’s 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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Manning Clark was a complex, demanding and brilliant man. Mark McKenna's compelling biography of this giant of Australia's cultural landscape is informed by his reading of Clark's extensive private letters, journals and diaries - many that have never been read before. An Eye for Eternity paints a sweeping portrait of the man who gave Australians the signature account of their own history. It tells of his friendships with Patrick White and Sidney Nolan. It details an urgent and dynamic marriage, ripped apart at times by Clark's constant need for extramarital romantic love. A son who wrote letters to his dead parents. A historian who placed narrative ahead of facts. A believer who flirted with Catholicism. A controversial public figure who marked slights and criticisms with deeply held grudges. To understand Clark's life is to understand twentieth century Australia.… (more)

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