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Subject: English: Literature & Writing

English Studies Series

This series of documentaries offers personal and reflective perspectives on important figures in literature, focusing on their writing as well as their personal lives. Programs available on 7 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in a 7-Disc Set. 1 program available in Spanish. Click for more

David Malouf: An Imaginary Life

Malouf, David: An Imaginary Life

"Highly Recommended. A reflective study on the author and his work, this program gives an insight into how he integrates his life experiences, and produces some of the most stunning prose of this century. Few writers today are writing novels and not blueprints for screenplays, and Malouf is one of them. Footage of the author reading excerpts from his novels, combined with staged journeys into his past, illustrate his power as a writer and serve as a catalyst for further reading." -School Library Journal
"Recommended. David Malouf describes his literary influences and the ways in which his novels and poetry came into existence. In personal interviews, he discusses the formative effects that imagination, memory, experience, and the self-conscious have had on his writing, while his publisher and literary critics detail his mastery of language and his rich characterizations. This is the story of how fiction is written as told by one of the great writers of twentieth-century English literature." -EMRO Review
This is an illuminating profile of the popular novelist and poet David Malouf, known for his best-selling books, Remembering Babylon, Johnno, 12 Edmondstone Street, The Great World, The Year of the Foxes, The Gold Coast, and An Imaginary Life. It interweaves the imagined world of Malouf's writing with the reality of places and experiences that have inspired him. Delving into his Lebanese and English heritage and his memories of growing up during WW II, the program uses a combination of interviews, dramatizations, archival footage and cinéma vérité sequences to explore the work of this complex man. It reveals a writer who looks closely into ordinary lives and events, finding something precious in them, giving those mundane moments meaning and making them into art. Produced by Screen Australia. 07/10DE JSCA 55 min.

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