Speaking Out Of Turn

Speaking Out Of Turn

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This fascinating book brings together forty-two selected speeches and lectures by Professor Manning Clark. They range over fifty years from 'What of Germany', delivered in 1940, to the last, delivered in 1991 just before his death at the launch of Barry Humphries' book The Life and Death of Sandy Stone and reveal recurring themes as well as developments in Clark s thinking. In one sense they are all of a piece. They reflect the values, aspirations, regrets and laughter of one passionate and intelligent man. In another, they change and develop during the course of that man s intellectual and emotional career. In early manhood he analysed issues and problems ruthlessly in terms of his own values. In middle life he portrayed men and women and expounded ideas from a historical perspective. Towards his end the elegiac mood prevailed and he sought not always successfully to speak as a 'life affirmer' and to regard all men and women and events with the 'eye of pity'.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 281 pages
  • 137.2 x 210.8 x 20.3mm | 362.88g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 0522847706
  • 9780522847703
  • 1,767,304

About Manning Clark

Manning Clark was senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne, and later, Professor of History in the School of General Studies, Australian National University. In 1972 he became the first Professor of Australian History. In June 1975 Clark was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, in recognition of his writing of the monumental A History of Australia. He was named Australian of the Year for 1980. Professor Clark died in May 1991. He has remained in the news, particularly since, in 1996, a major Australian newspaper published an article claiming he had received the Order of Lenin.show more