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The collection includes correspondence, diaries and notebooks, manuscript drafts, photographs, research files, newspaper cuttings and other published material. They provide a near-comprehensive coverage of Dutton's public career as an author, poet, academic, editor, critic, publisher and journalist. The papers document Dutton's life as 'a man of letters' who was often researching and writing three or four books simultaneously, while at the same time compiling anthologies, editing magazines and attending conferences.
Dutton wrote or edited over 200 books, including poetry, fiction, biographies, art appreciation, art and literary history, travel books, novels for children and critical essays. Twenty of Dutton's published monographs are represented in the collection, along with many of his articles, reviews, short stories, poetry, radio and television scripts, lectures and other writings. The papers also offer considerable insights into Dutton's family life, and more generally, into Australian literary and cultural life in the period 1945-1998.
As a central figure in Australian literary life, Dutton's extensive correspondence stands as a major source for researchers studying the lives and writings of many other notable literary figures. In particular, substantial groups of letters of Patrick White, Russell Drysdale, David Campbell and Alister Kershaw feature amongst the correspondence. The Richard Aldington-Roy Campbell-Alister Kershaw sequence of letters offers valuable insights into Australian links with the European world of letters. Also of interest are papers documenting Dutton's association with the 'Angry Penguins' literary group during the 1940s, when he developed close friendships with the poets Donald Kerr, Paul Pfeiffer, Max Harris and Kershaw, and the painters Sidney Nolan and Arthur Boyd.
References: The Oxford companion to Australian literature (pp. 245-246; Who's who in Australia 1999 (p. 545)
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1357699).
Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.
Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Geoffrey Dutton, National Library of Australia, MS 7285, [box number and series and/or file number]'.
The papers were purchased in a number of instalments. The bulk of the papers were received from Geoffrey Dutton between 1986 and 1998, with a further two small instalments received from his partner, Robin Lucas, in 2002 and 2003.
Pictures: a portrait of Dutton drawn by Nicholas von Bujdoss in 1968( PIC R11154 LOC 7522-A).
Oral History & Folklore: recordings of poetry readings made by Dutton in 1959 and 1967 (Oral DeB 61 and ORAL TRC 18); interviews with Dutton recorded in 1967, 1974 and 1986 (ORAL DeB 275, ORAL TRC 472 and ORAL TRC 2120); a collection of interviews undertaken by Dutton over a number of years with his literary associates (ORAL TRC 3133).
The collection was transferred to the Library in three major and several minor instalments between 1986 and 2003.
Prior to 1999, two main groups of the papers were described and arranged:
80 boxes from the first two 1986 consignments were processed in 1988
39 boxes (comprising five instalments received in 1991) were arranged in March 1992
In May 1999, the collection was reorganised to incorporate the third major and subsequent smaller additions, resulting in this finding aid and bearing new series and box arrangements and numbering.
In April 2002 a small instalment of papers was received. The papers have been added to the relevant series/file as follows: 2/163; 14/5; 30/35; 37/44; 43/109; 44/42.
In March 2003 a further small instalment of papers was received. The papers have been added to the relevant series/file as follows: 2/164-168; 22/8; 32/40-44; 34/60-61; 37/45-46; 38/ 29-31; 40/55; 42/50; 43/110; 45/19. Note: four VHS cassette tapes of interviews of Geoffrey Dutton were not retained in the collection. Details are available from the Manuscripts Branch on request.
1922 Born 2 August, Anlaby, Kapunda, South Australia, son of H. H and Emily Dutton c. 1927-33 Privately tutored at home c. 1934-39 Educated Geelong Grammar School 1940 St Mark's College, University of Adelaide 1941-45 RAAF service 1944 Married Ninette Trott; publication of Nightflight and sunrise 1946-49 Bachelor of Arts, Oxford University 1950 Publication of The mortal and the marble Early 1950s Travelled extensively in Europe and overseas 1953 Publication of A long way south 1955-62 Senior Lecturer in English, University of Adelaide 1956 Publication of Africa in black and white 1957-68 Founding editor (with Max Harris) of Australian Letters : a quarterly of Australian writing and criticism 1958 Publication of Antipodes in shoes (awarded Grace Leven Prize) and States of the union 1958-61 Part-editor, annual poetry anthology Verse in Australia 1960 Commonwealth Fellow in Australian Literature, Leeds University; publication of Founder of a city: the life of Colonel William Light 1961 Editor, Australian book review; publication of Walt Whitman and Patrick White 1961-65 Editor, Penguin Australia 1962 Publication of Paintings of S. T Gill and Flowers and fury 1962-66 Editor, Australian writers and their work series 1963 Visiting Professor in English, Kansas State University 1964 Publication of Russell Drysdale and The literature of Australia 1965 Founded (with Brian Stonier) the paperback publishing firm Sun Books; publication (jointly) of Tisi and the yabby 1966 Publication of Australia and the monarchy, Modern Australian writing and Seal Bay (jointly) 1967 Publication of The hero as murderer: the life of Edward John Eyre, Poems soft and loud and On my island: poems (jointly) 1968 Publication of Tisi and the pageant, Andy and The vital decade (with Max Harris) 1968-70 Member, Australian Council for the Arts 1970 Publication of Australia's last explorer: Ernest Giles, Findings and keepings: selected poems, 1939-69 and Tamara 1972 Publication of Australia's censorship crisis (jointly) and New poems to 1972 1972-74 Member, Literature Board of the Australia Council 1974 Publication of White on black: the Australian Aborigine portrayed in art (awarded L. C Weickhardt Prize, 1978) 1976 Publication of Queen Emma of the South Seas and Australian verse from 1805-1976; awarded Order of Australia 1977 Publication of A body of words and Republican Australia? 1978 Publication of A taste of history: Geoffrey Dutton's South Australia 1980 Publication of The wedge-tailed eagle: stories and Patterns of Australia 1980-85 Editor, The Bulletin Literary Supplement 1981 Member, Libraries Board of South Australia; publication of Impressions of Singapore, The Australian heroes: a rousing roll call of 47 of Australia's greatest heroes and heroines and S. T Gill's Australia 1982 Publication of The eye opener, In search of Edward John Eyre and The prowler 1983-89 Left Adelaide and moved to Sydney 1984 Married Robin Lucas; publication of City life in old Australia, Snow on the saltbush, The heritage of Australian poetry and The land beyond time: a modern exploration of Australia's north-west frontiers (with John Olsen) 1985 Publication of The squatters, Selective affinities : new poems and Sun, sea, surf and sand: the myth of the beach 1985-88 Editor, The Australian Literary Supplement 1986 Publication of The innovators: the Sydney alternatives in the rise of modern art, literature and ideas and The book of Australian islands 1987 Publication of The Australian bedside book : a selection of writings from 'The Australian literary supplement' 1988 Publication of Waterways of Sydney: a sketchbook (with Cedric Emmanuel) 1988-89 Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald Literary Supplement 1989 Publication of Kanga Creek: Havelock Ellis in Australia and Images of Melbourne: a sketchbook (with Kay Stewart) 1989-91 Lived in Mudgee 1989-93 Prepared libretto for the Australian production of the 'The Magic Flute' 1991 Publication of The Picador Henry Lawson and Kenneth Slessor: a biography 1991-1996 Lived in the Glasshouse Mountains, Queensland, before moving to Melbourne 1992 Publication of Flying low: a novel, Artists' portraits and Country childhoods 1993 Publication of New and selected poems; received the FWA Christopher Brennan Award for poetry 1994 Publication of Out in the open: an autobiography and Kenneth Slessor: collected poems 1996 Publication of A rare bird: Penguin Books in Australia, 1946-96 1998 Died, Canberra, September 17
The diaries cover most of Dutton's adult life and record the great diversity of his activities and close association with and impressions of many notable Australians. The ten volumes contain about 1600 pages of small writing. The entries are not daily, but there are relatively few long breaks, except for the periods 1966-69 and 1977. The entries are extremely detailed and record Dutton's activities and conversations, give vivid impressions of people, and contain reflections, ideas and emotional outbursts. There are references to hundreds of well-known names in literature, the arts, politics and high society, in Australia, Britain and America. There are also detailed diaries of his visits to the Soviet Union, Romania, Germany and Singapore. Major crises in Dutton's life, such as his falling-out with Patrick White and the end of his first marriage, are documented. The diaries were a major source for Dutton's autobiography Out in the open (1994).
The notebooks contain notes of Dutton's research, his reading and people whom he met.
As a central figure in Australian literary life, Dutton's correspondence was extensive. In particular, substantial groups of letters of Patrick White, Russell Drysdale, David Campbell and Alister Kershaw feature among the correspondence.
For a list of other principal correspondents see Appendix 1. (Under related documents tab)
Correspondents include A. D Hope, Norman Lindsay, Manning Clark and Judah Waten.
In 1957 Dutton and Max Harris founded the quarterly literary journal Australian letters. The series contains correspondence relating to the journal, drafts of articles, poems and short stories and financial papers. The correspondents include Ray Mathew, Kenneth Slessor, Douglas Stewart and David Campbell.
Dutton served as an editor at Penguin Books between 1961 and 1965. Filed in this series are correspondence, notes and minutes of editorial meetings relating to this period. The correspondents include Allan Martin, Penguin Books, Norman Lindsay, Judith Wright, Vincent Buckley, Ray Mathew, Dal Stivens, Manning Clark, Hal Porter, A.D. Hope, J.R. Stow, Russel Ward, R.D. FitzGerald, James McAuley and Henrietta Drake-Brockman.
Letters from or correspondence with Max Harris, David Campbell, Ross McLaury, Robyn Davidson, Robie Macauley, Brian Stonier, Neville Meaney, Lawrence Daws and Vincent Buckley regarding activities in Australia, particularly business relating to Australian Letters and Penguin Books.
With Brian Stonier, Dutton co-founded the paperback arm of Macmillan under the name of Sun Books in 1965. He maintained his association with the company until 1977. The first original title published by Sun Books was Geoffrey Blainey's The tyranny of distance: how distance shaped Australia's history (1966). The first book was to have been Alan Moorehead's Cooper's Creek, but the British hardback publisher and literary agent insisted that the paperback rights be given to a British publisher. Artwork by Lawrence Daws for the cover of Cooper's Creek is included in this series. The Daws design of the Sun Books colophon led to a commercial design by Brian Sudgrove, which all Sun Books have carried ever since.
Geoffrey Dutton was one of the key people involved in the establishment of the Adelaide Festival of the Arts and its Writers' Week in 1960, set up in association with the Fellowship of Australian Writers, the Commonwealth Literary Fund and the University of Adelaide. The series includes minutes of the Literature Committee (later Writers' Week Committee) meetings, correspondence, notes, news cuttings, memoranda, copies of letters sent, programs and accounts. The correspondence includes invitations to participate, and arrangements for seminars, events and exhibitions, and various administrative matters. Other committee members included Hedley Brideson, Ian Mudie, Colin Thiele, C. J Horne and Graham Rowlands. Guests invited to Writers' Week included Bella Akhmadulina, James Baldwin, Alister Kershaw, Shirley Hazzard, Allen Ginsberg, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, John Updike, Sumner Locke Elliott, Edna O'Brien and Andre Veznesensky.
Dutton was the editor of The Bulletin Literary Supplement between 1980 and 1985, while his wife, Robin Lucas, was the unofficial deputy editor, read of all submissions and looked after the correspondence. The series includes correspondence with contributors, writers including Clement Semmler, Dame Mary Durack, Nicholas Jose, Angelo Loukakis, Tim Winton, Kate Llewellyn, Frank Kellaway, Christopher Koch, David Foster, Marjorie Pizer, J. M Couper, Les Murray, R. F Brissenden, Kate Grenville, David Brooks, Nicholas Hasluck, Olga Masters, Michael Wilding, Stephen Murray-Smith, Thomas Shapcott and Marian Eldridge.
Dutton took up the editorship of the quarterly The Australian Literary Supplement in 1985, a position he held until 1988. His wife, Robin Lucas, was the unofficial deputy editor, read all submissions and looked after the correspondence. In 1987 he produced The Australian bedside book: a selection of writings from The Australian Literary Supplement. As editor, Dutton corresponded with or received letters from contributors including Michael Sharkey, Clement Semmler, Don Laycock, Garry Disher, Marian Eldridge, Vincent Serventy, Julia Osborne, Helen Garner, Bruce Dawe, Roland Robinson, Margaret Diesendorf, Margaret Barbalet, Marion Halligan, Morris Lurie, John Tranter, Tim Winton, Humphrey McQueen, David Parker, Elizabeth Jolley, Suzanne Edgar, Nancy Cato, Tim Curnow, Graham Rowlands, Beverley Farmer, R. F Brissenden, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, David Brooks, Catherine Hoffman, Gwen Harwood, Michael Wilding, Bruce Hanna, Kate Grenville, Dame Mary Durack, Bruce Dawe, Murray Bail, Morris Lurie, Thomas Shapcott, Jennifer Maiden and Eric Rolls.
Dutton was editor of The Sydney Morning Herald Literary Supplement for two years from 1988 to 1989. His wife, Robin Lucas, was again the unofficial deputy editor. She read all submissions and looked after the correspondence. Contributors included Morris Lurie, Laurie Duggan, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, John Bechervaise, Beverley Farmer, Christopher Koch, Maslyn Williams, Bruce Dawe, Jennifer Maiden, Gwen Harwood, Kevin Osborne, Terry Tredea, Pacita Alexander, Les Murray and Dorothy Porter.
Amongst the array of Dutton's published works were seven volumes of verse, four novels, a collection of short stories, critical studies on Walt Whitman and Patrick White, three historical biographies, three art studies, three travel books, three stories for children and a book of verse for young people. Equally prodigious as an editor, his work in this field includes a volume of critical essays, two verse anthologies, two collections of verse and prose, two volumes of essays on republicanism, and another on censorship in Australia. Dutton also published critical essays, articles and reviews, together with translations of the Russian poets Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Bella Akhmadulina.
A biography of Colonel Light, surveyor-general of South Australia and the founder of Adelaide. The book was first published in Melbourne by Cheshire in 1960. It was later published in Adelaide by Rigby in 1971 and 1984 and, as Colonel William Light: founder of a city in 1991 by the Melbourne University Press.
The series includes correspondence, notes, drafts and research material.
The biography of the artist, Russell Drysdale, was published as part of the World of Art Library Series by Thames and Hudson in 1964, 1969 and 1981 and by Angus & Robertson in 1981.
The series includes a transcript of an interview with Drysdale, correspondence and notes.
Dutton published two books on the life of the Australian explorer Edward John Eyre. The hero as murderer: the life of Edward John Eyre, Australian explorer and Governor of Jamaica, 1815-1901 was published by Collins in 1967 and Penguin in 1977. In search of Edward John Eyre was published by Macmillan in 1981.
The series includes typescripts, research material and some correspondence.
Dutton's biography of Ernest Giles, explorer of Central Australia, was published in London by Faber in 1970 and in Adelaide by Rigby in 1974.
A book which deals with the portrayal of Aborigines by European artists, including T.R. Browne, Thomas Watling, Nicolas Petit, Joseph Lycett, Augustus Earle, John Glover, Benjamin Diterau, S.T. Gill, Tom Roberts, Charles Blackman and Brett Whiteley. Melbourne : Macmillan in association with the Art Gallery Board of South Australia, 1974.
The series comprises mostly of photographs.
A novel, based on the life of Emma (1850-1913) consort of King Kamehameha IV of Hawaii. It was published by Macmillan in 1976 and Sun Books in 1988.
The series includes research material and drafts.
A book of essays edited by Dutton and published in Melbourne by Sun Books in 1977.
The correspondents include Jim McClelland, Les Murray, Brian Stonier, Gareth Evans, Judith Wright, A.J. Grassby, Sandra Jobson, Jo Bjelke Peterson, Don Chipp, Donald Horne, Allan Reid, Beatrice Faust and Sir Zelman Cowan.
An Australian travel book written by Dutton and illustrated with photographs by Hari Peccinotti. It was published in Melbourne by Macmillan in association with Mobil Oil in 1980.
A tribute by Dutton to Australian heroes and heroines such as Henry Lawson, Daisy Bates, Nellie Melba, 'Breaker' Morant, Truganini, Gough Whitlam, Billy Hughes, Archbishop Mannix and others. Each chapter is written in prose, verse and songs. London: Angus & Robertson, 1981.
A travel book written by Dutton and illustrated with photographs by Hari Peccinotti. It was published in Melbourne by Macmillan, in association with Mobil Oil, in 1981.
A critical study of the works of Australia's goldfield artist, S. T Gill. It was published in Melbourne by Macmillan in 1981.
The book is the story of a journey through the north-west of Western Australia as seen through five different perspectives: those of John Olsen, Geoffrey Dutton, Dame Mary Durack, Vincent Serventy and Alex Bortignon. It is illustrated with paintings and drawings by John Olsen and a few photographs.
The series includes diary, notes and drafts.
Dutton's series of lectures on the 'The credibility of Australian literature' given at the Australian National University (in Series 39) were used as a basis for this book. It was published by Viking in 1984.
A volume containing extracts from what were, in Dutton's opinion, Australia's greatest books. They include Ralph Rashleigh by the convict James Tucker, Robbery under arms by Rolph Bolderwood, My brilliant career by Miles Franklin, Capriconia by Xavier Herbert, Lucinda Brayford by Martin Boyd, Alien son by Judah Waten, Storm boy by Colin Thiele, The year of living dangerously by Christopher Koch and The transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard.
The series include correspondence, notes and other papers. The correspondents include Christopher Christopher Koch, Patrica Wrightson, Eric Rolls, Nene Gare, Geoffrey Blainey, Olaf Ruhen, Thomas Hungerford, Thea Astley, Donald Charlwood, Roger McDonald, Kenneth Cook, Ivan Southall, Peter Mathers, Helen Garner, Hugh Stretton, Murray Bail, Peter Carey, Jessica Anderson and Morris Lurie.
An illustrated history of Australian pastoral pioneers. It was first published by Currey O'Neil in 1985 and was later published by Viking O'Neil in 1989 with a subtitle 'an illustrated history of Australia's pioneers'.
The series include notes, drafts, research material and cuttings.
The book looks at many aspects of the long relationships of Australians with the beach, which began with Aborigines before the arrival of the white man. Dutton's evocative text is complemented by poems and extracts from novels and other prose books about the beach and over 150 paintings, drawings and photographs. It was published by Oxford University Press in 1985.
In the introduction, Dutton wrote that he attempts 'to give some account of how modernism in the arts was generated in Sydney, and of the sympathy and hostility with which it was received'. It was published by Macmillan in 1986.
The series includes notes, correspondents and typescripts. The correspondents include Hal Missingham, John Olsen and Douglas Stewart.
In 1987 Dutton began researching the life of the Australian poet Kenneth Slessor, resulting in a biography which was published by Viking Books in 1991. To assist in the preparation of the book, Dutton was given custody of a number of papers belonging to the Slessor family (Folders 28-39). Of particular interest are the numerous photographs, a notebook and writings on China of Robert Slessor (Kenneth's father), together with pencil sketches by and of family members. A copy of a 1939 edition of Five bells, inscribed by Kenneth Slessor to Ronald McCuaig and later presented as a gift by McCuaig to Dutton, is filed in file 27. Also included in this series are papers relating to Dutton's involvement with the 'Kenneth Slessor' ABC radio program (broadcast 1991), and a seminar 'Kenneth Slessor remembered', held at the National Library of Australia on 25 May 1991.
Interviewees include Ronald McCuaig, David Rowbotham, A. W Sheppard, Geoffrey Lehmann, Christopher Koch, Maslyn Williams, Nancy Keesing, David McNicoll and Robin Slessor.[IJ1]
Correspondents include Allan Ashbolt, Geoffrey Blainey, C. B Christesen, Vida Horn, Dennis Haskell, Rodney Hall, Les Murray, Stephen Murray-Smith, Ronald McCuaig, Robin Slessor, Vane Lindsey, Sylvia Lawson, Paul Slessor, Gwen Harwood, Clement Semmler, Stuart Lee, Kylie Tennant and Maslyn Williams.
Flying low is a revised edition of Dutton's novel Andy (1968), and is based on Dutton's own experiences as a pilot in World War II. The novel was published in 1992 by University of Queensland Press.
Dutton was the founding editor of Penguin Australia. In 1995 he was commissioned to write the history of the Penguin Books Australia's first fifty years, from 1946 to 1996. The series includes drafts and transcripts of interviews.
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This series comprises published writings, written and edited by Dutton, and arranged chronologically by date of first publication. Publications represented in this series include:
The mortal and the marble (London: Chapman & Hall, 1950): The mortal and the marble is a novel written by Dutton. The series includes manuscripts and typescripts. For related material (such as agreement with publisher and proposed film adaptation) see also Series 37.
A long way south (London: Chapman & Hall, 1953): A long way south comprises an account of Dutton's journey by car from London to Australia, through Europe, the Middle East, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka, in the early 1950s.
Africa in black and white (London: Chapman & Hall, 1956): Africa in black and white concerns travels through Africa.
States of the union (London: Chapman & Hall, 1958): Dutton wrote in the preface that 'This book is based on the people, places and ideas my wife and I encountered in the course of a car journey through the USA' in the 1950s.
Patrick White (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1961): The book, which is part of the 'Australian writers and their work' series, gives a brief account of Patrick White, a survey of his works and a critical assessment of his place in Australian literary history.
Modern Australian writing: The books contains a collection of short stories and poems by Australian authors and poets edited by Geoffrey Dutton. The contributors include Judith Wright, Patrick White, Rosemary Dobson, David Campbell, Max Harris, James McAuley, A.D. Hope and Randolph Stow.
Andy (London: Collins, 1968): A revised edition of the novel Andy was published as Flying low in 1992. For papers relating to the later edition see Series 29.
Tamara: A novel published in London by Collins in 1970.
A taste of history: Geoffrey Dutton's South Australia: A history of South Australia based on a series of television program of the same name made for the ABC. It was published in Adelaide by Rigby in 1978.
The wedge-tailed eagle: stories: A collection of short stories. It was first published by Macmillan in 1980 and was reissued by Sun Books in 1983.
City life in old Australia: A pictorial history published by Currey O'Neil in 1984.
The book of Australian islands (South Melbourne: Macmillan, 1986): The book contains chapters written by 16 Australians, under the general editorship of Geoffrey Dutton, about their special islands. The contributors include Mark O'Connor, Margaret Hazzard, Nancy Keesing, Stephen Murray-Smith, Manning Clark, Geoffrey Dutton and Vincent Serventy.
The Australian bedside book: a selection of writings from 'The Australian Literary Supplement' , edited by Geoffrey Dutton (South Melbourne: Macmillan, 1987): Dutton was editor of The Australian Literary Supplement from 1985 to 1988.
Waterways of Sydney: a sketchbook: The book contains short texts of places on the Sydney's waterfront, including Lady Bay, Vaucluse Bay, Nielsen Park, Glebe Point, Tarban Creek, Middle Harbour, Berowa Waters and Port Hacking. It is illustrated with drawings by Cedric Emmanuel.
Images of Melbourne: a sketchbook, drawings by Kay Stewart; text by Geoffrey Dutton (Ferntree Gully: Houghton Mifflin, 1989): The book contains brief descriptions of well known places in Melbourne, including Flinders Street Station, Yarra River, Old Melbourne Gaol, Mietta's, Meat Market Craft Centre, Victorian Tapestry Workshop, St Patrick's Cathedral, Royal Arcade, Victorian Arts Centre and Lygon Street.
This series comprises correspondence, manuscript drafts, notes and research material relating to five proposed books by Dutton, all apparently unpublished.
Typescripts and handwritten drafts of many of Dutton's short stories, including photocopies or cuttings if published, for example, 'The artistic butcher' in Quadrant, 1977. Dutton published a collection of his short stories, The wedge-tailed eagle, in 1980. Papers relating to this work are filed in Series 31.
This series includes correspondence with publishers, contributors and other writers, as well as drafts, typescripts, notes and cuttings of published poems from newspapers and magazines. As well as producing a substantial body of poetry, Dutton edited a number of anthologies, including Australian verse from 1805: a continuum (1975). There are also papers relating to the works On my island : poems (1967), Findings and keepings : selected poems, 1939-69 (1970), Selective affinities : new poems (1985), New and selected poems (1993) and New York nowhere (1998). Dutton wrote this final volume after suffering a stroke in May 1995 and spending four days in a New York Hospital. The remaining folders in this series contain drafts of and correspondence relating to various poems, many of which may have been included in or relate to other published anthologies of Dutton's work, or anthologies edited by him.
Dutton first met Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko at the 1966 Adelaide Festival of the Arts. In the following year Dutton made a reciprocal trip to Russia, at which time he hoped to arrange a return visit by other Russian poets to the 1968 Festival. During this period he began composing literary translations of Russian poems, based on literal translations by Russian speakers.
In 1989 Dutton began translating and adapting Emanuel Schikaneder's original libretto of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute', in association with Arthur Boyd, Max Dupain, Sir Yehudi Menuhin and Bernd Benthaak. The adaptation was commissioned for a special Australian production of the opera. Included in this series is correspondence with Menuhin, with whom Dutton dealt extensively.
Typescript and handwritten drafts, notes, research material and cuttings of published items from journals and magazines. Including articles, reviews, obituaries and letters to the editor. Published in The Bulletin, Times Literary Supplement, Pegasus, Australian Book Review, New York Times, The Australian, The Guardian, Overland, Sydney Morning Herald and others
The articles and essays cover diverse subjects: politics, literature/poetry/writing in Australia, censorship, Australian writers, art appreciation and criticism, Yevgeny Yevtushenko and other Russian writers.
Reviews covering over 40 years of Dutton's opinions on Australian artists and Australian and overseas writers and their works. Dutton also broadcast a number of his reviews on radio; papers relating to radio and television broadcasts are filed in Series 38 Obituaries including Alister Kershaw, Max Harris, Manning Clark, David Campbell and Dame Mary Durack.
A series containing papers documenting the various radio, television and film productions with which Dutton was associated as a writer, broadcaster and producer over the course of his career. There are also scripts of the radio programs 'Watch your English' (1959) and 'Enjoy your English' (1964), which contain useful discussions on the Australian idiom.
Typescript and handwritten drafts of and notes for lectures and speeches.
Included in this series are files annotated as 'miscellaneous' by Dutton, generally relating to research for various projects. Material in this series may relate to other series, particularly Dutton's lectures, articles and reviews, and his other writings.
Dutton's autobiography Out in the open was published in 1994 by the University of Queensland Press. This series includes drafts, research material, notes and correspondence regarding research and publication. There are also letters from friends, reviewers and others in response to the book, together with copies of reviews and a copy of Dutton's article in The Australian (1994) regarding his relationship with Patrick White.
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The Dutton family papers have been assembled by Dutton and his family, particularly Dutton's sister, Lady Blackburn. The comprehensive range of material reflects the influential and interesting lives of four generations of a pioneering Australian family. The family papers and photographs extend back to the nineteenth century, and are a useful record of an old landowning family which divided its life between Australia and Europe, including information on old properties and families in South Australia. The photographs are a fine source on the life of the gentry in Australia, and their offspring in Oxford and Europe, as well as early Australian motoring.
Of importance are eight large photograph albums (1901-c.1955) which contain many photographs of family members in England and Europe and of Dutton as a boy. These albums and many other photographs are included in Series 44, Photographs. Other items of interest are 19th century Christmas cards, photographs and cuttings of the first journey across Australia by car by Dutton's father Henry Hampden (H. H) Dutton in 1907-8, diaries of H. H Dutton (1900, 1913, 1918), photographs of Anlaby, a catalogue of native flora on the property (1917), photographs of cars owned by the family and two copies of the catalogue of the Anlaby collection of Australiana sold in 1966.
The series includes photographs of Geoffrey Dutton, other members of the Dutton family, Anlaby (former home of the Dutton family in South Australia) and photograph albums.
The cuttings in this series include articles, reviews, society news and letters to the editor. Generally, the cuttings relate to Dutton, including reviews of some of his writings. There are cuttings regarding Dutton's family and events in South Australia, including the death of Dutton's father, H. H Dutton. There are also cuttings regarding other Australian writers, and topics of interest such as republicanism and the Adelaide Festival of the Arts.
The two issues of Courier (July 1948 and November 1948) contain Geoffrey Dutton's first published stories. Other publications include journals, monographs and sound recordings.
The series comprises paintings and drawings by Clifton Pugh, Lawrence Daws, Robert Juniper, Ray Crooke, Tom Cleghorn and Leonard French. They were produced for a series called 'Australian Poets and Artists' which appeared in the journal Australian letters, edited by Dutton and Max Harris, between 1960 and 1967. The editors commissioned the painters to illustrate the work of Rosemary Dobson, Judith Wright, Geoffrey Dutton, Tom Shapcott, Ray Matthew and James McAuley.