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An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark
by Mark McKenna
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 dynami ...more
Hardcover, 800 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Melbourne University Publishing
(first published May 1st 2011)
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Manning Clark is an enigmatic figure in the eyes of Australians. Beloved and respected by those on the left of politics and ridiculed by the conservatives. Clark identified the key issues which impacted on Australia since it was settled by the white man and his History of Australia gives important insights into the growth of the country. The influence of Protestantism,Catholicism and the Enlightenment are explored in depth and whilst Clark was criticised by fellow historians and others when the ...more
1/12/2012. Mckenna's biography of Manning Clark has just won the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction at the 2012 NSW Premier's Literary Awards last night. I heard him deliver the History Council's Annual History Lecture earlier this year, which was engaging and thought provoking. This biography will be a must-read for Australian historians.