David Malouf is a distinguished Brisbane-born author, essayist and librettist. He has won numerous prizes for his work, including the Miles Franklin Award and the first International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. He is best known for Johnno (1975), An Imaginary Life (1978),Remembering Babylon (Chatto and Windus, 1993) and the1998 Boyer Lectures, A Spirit of Play (ABC Books, 1998).
His father’s family came to Australia in the 1880s from Lebanon and his mother’s family from London just before World War I. He was educated at Brisbane Grammar School and the University of Queensland, where he taught for two years after graduating.
He left Australia aged twenty-four and lived in Britain from 1959-68 where he taught in London and Birkenhead.He returned to teach English at the University of Sydney, where he stayed until 1977. He now writes full-time and lives part of the year in Australia and part in southern Tuscany in Italy.
The exotic at home
MemoirEARLY IN 1982, when I had just finished Fly Away Peter and was writing back and forth to my publisher at Chatto about how it was to be published, I wrote an afterword to the book. It was an...
EssayWHEN MILTON, IN Lycidas, tells us that "Fame is the spur that the clear spirit doth raise/ To scorn delights and live laborious days", this Fame he is writing of, the reputation that depends on hard work and the...