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The Imago: E. L. Grant Watson & Australia
The Imago is a revealing portrait of intriguing writer, E. L. Grant Watson, a pioneer of literary themes explored decades later by Katharine Susannah Prichard, Randolph Stow and Patrick White.
This long-awaited biography recounts Elliot Lovegood Grant Watson’s childhood, travels, his anthropological expeditions with A. R. Brown and Daisy Bates to record Indigenous marriage customs, and his formative years as a writer among the European and American literati, including Joseph Conrad, Gertrude Stein and D. H. Lawrence.
Included in the book are Grant Watson’s personal correspondence, photos, government records and previously unpublished accounts that resurrect an important but largely forgotten writer.
The Imago will appeal to readers interested in Australia’s literary and cultural history, anthropology, environmentalism, Darwinism, and the dialogue between science and spirituality.
Praise for The Imago:
Suzanne Falkiner’s biography of little-read English novelist Elliot Lovegood Grant Watson…is comprehensive and beautifully written, but perhaps its most compelling feature is the solid case it builds for his enduring claim on our attention.JAMES LEY, THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN
Suzanne Falkiner’s monumental biography… is a remarkable testament to her patience, judgement, and investigative skill.JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIAN STUDIES