The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature




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The Macquarie PEN Anthology is a celebration of a rich, living literature. Some of the best, most significant writing produced in Australia over more than two centuries is gathered here in this landmark anthology. From fiction, poetry and drama to diaries, letters, essays and speeches, the anthology maps the development of one of the great literatures in English in all its energy and variety. From vivid settler accounts to haunting gothic tales, from raw protest to feisty urban satire and playful literary experiment, from passionate love poetry to moving memoir, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature reflects the creative eloquence of our nation.
Over 1500 pages, over 500 literary works and over 300 authors.


Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Team

Editorial team:

General Editor: Professor Nicholas Jose, University of Western Sydney

Advisory Publishing Editor: Mary Cunnane, Literary agent and former publisher

Deputy General Editor: Dr David McCooey, Deakin University

Contributing Editors:

Dr Kerryn Goldsworthy, University of Adelaide

Dr Anita Heiss, author, University of Queensland and University of Western Sydney

Peter Minter, University of Sydney

Dr Nicole Moore, Macquarie University

Professor Elizabeth Webby, University of Sydney

Centre for the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, Macquarie University:

Centre Director: Professor Jill Roe

Centre Co-ordinator: Chris Cunneen

Research Assistant: Dr Geoffrey Payne

Education advisers:

Dr Donna Gibbs, Macquarie University

Dr Kerry-Ann O’Sullivan, Macquarie University


Prof JI Roe; Prof N Jose; Dr DW McCooey,

Collaborating/Partner Organisation: Allen & Unwin,

Administering Organisation: Macquarie University (2007-2009).

Project by

David McCooey