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Half the perfect world : writers, dreamers and drifters on Hydra, 1955-1964 / Paul Genoni and Tanya Dalziell.

By: Contributor(s): Publisher: Clayton, Victoria : Monash University Publishing, 2018Copyright date: ©2018Description: xviii, 425 pages, 6 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations (some colour), portraits ; 25 cmContent type:
  • text
  • still image
Media type:
  • unmediated
Carrier type:
  • volume
  • 9781925523096
Subject(s): DDC classification:
  • 949.580922 823/.914 B 23
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 409-413) and index

"Half the Perfect World tells the story of the post-war international artist community that formed on the Greek island of Hydra. Most famously, it included renowned singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen and his partner Marianne Ihlen, as well as many other artists and writers including the Australian literary couple, Charmian Clift and George Johnston, who fostered this fabled colony.Drawing on many previously unseen letters, manuscripts and diaries, and richly illustrated by the eyewitness photographs of LIFE magazine photo-journalist James Burke, Half the Perfect World reveals the private lives and relationships of the Hydra expatriates. It charts the promise of a creative life that drew many of them to the island, and documents the fracturing of the community as it came under pressure from personal ambitions and wider social changes. For all the unrealised youthful ambitions, internal strife and personal tragedy that attends this story, the authors nonetheless find that the example of these writers, dreamers and drifters continues to resonate and inspire." -- Publisher's website.

Item type Current library Call number Status Notes Date due Barcode
Book Book SMSA Library Non-fiction 949.58 GENO Available January 2019 69004

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