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Title: The Faith of his Fathers - Another Source for Patrick White's Mysticism
Contributor(s): Ryan, John S  (author)
Publication Date: 1980
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Abstract: All readers of the prose of Patrick White are familiar with its duality and the alternate polarities of the various shades of satire and of the ecstatic visions given momentarily to the few who search in isolation and torment for the deeper springs of being either within themselves or in awed contemplation of nature's infinitude. For the latter, the authorial quest long ago encapsulated this in the words of his essay (1958), 'The Prodigal Son' - "I wanted to discover the extraordinary behind the ordinary, the mystery and the poetry, which alone could make bearable the lives of such people." To assist the critical search for the well-springs of this attitude, several researchers have gone, like John B. Beston, to 'The Family Background and Early Years of Patrick White', his 1974 paper in 'Descent'. White has himself assisted us here by his various comments on his earlier life, as in his interview with John Hetherington entitled 'Life at Castle Hill' or in his own recent piece 'Flaws in the glass - Sketches for a self-portrait'. Most of the information of these is biographical or concerned with the experiences of the mature man, although there do occur odd references to books read and to the members of his family.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Notes & Furphies (5), p. 16-20
Publisher: Association for the Study of Australian Literature
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 0156-806X
Field of Research (FOR): 220499 Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
220401 Christian Studies (incl Biblical Studies and Church History)
169905 Studies of Pacific Peoples Societies
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 950307 Conserving the Historic Environment
950404 Religion and Society
959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: C2 Non-Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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