RHSV Fellows Invitation Lecture - Explaining Alan Moorhead
Date: Tuesday 10 June 2008
Time: 5.15 pm (tea / coffee); 5.45 Lecture
Address: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne
Price: RHSV members - Free; non members $5.50
Alan Moorehead was arguably the first Australian writer to command a truly international audience. From the early 1940s until his death in 1983, his series of best-selling histories of the war in North Africa, his biographies of General Montgomery and of the atomic spies, and his books on Gallipoli, the Russian Revolution, and the European penetration of Africa (notably The White Nile) and of the Pacific (The Fatal Impact) won him an immense readership.
Many readers will recall also his books Cooper’s Creek and Darwin and the Beagle.
How was it that a run-of-the-mill Melbourne journalist became the doyen of British war correspondents 1941-1945?
How did a self-confessed failed novelist reinvent himself as a writer of popular history? And how did Moorehead himself account for these transformations?
Introducing a discussion of Alan Moorehead’s career and writings, John Lack will attempt an explanation of Moorehead’s phenomenal success, and assess his overall significance to Australian cultural development.
John Lack, who is a Senior Fellow in the School of Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne, is Victorian Section Editor of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, to which he has contributed the entry on Alan Moorehead.
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