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Australia: In Search of Burgess — a meeting with Patrick White

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Published on May 27, 2018

In a letter to Geoffrey Dutton, Patrick White writes amusingly about Burgess’s second wife. And in one in the same year to Marshall Best, he writes: ‘Anthony Burgess seems to have ruffled the Australian Writers in a talk he gave, in which he said: “A country is only remembered for its art. Rome is remembered for Virgil, Greece for Homer, and Australia may be remembered for Patrick White.” The newspaper report continues: “The entire gathering of writers, which did not include Patrick White, held its breath in shock for a moment before releasing it in a smothered gasp. No one clapped.”’

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