From Deserts the Prophets Come:
The Creative Spirit in Australia 1788–1972
By Geoffrey Serle
With a new foreword by John Rickard, award winning author who has published widely on Australian cultural history and biography.
‘I was aiming to cut a new path for teaching and research in Australian history, to bring cultural history into the general discourse of Australian historians, and to bridge the gap between general history and the major works in literary, art, musical and architectural history which have appeared in recent years’ (Geoffrey Serle).
This classic work is now back in print.
‘The most explicit formulation of the Australian radical nationalist tradition’, that ‘remains a lively, comprehensive and informative introduction to Australian cultural history’.
From the new introduction by John Rickard.
Dr Geoffrey Serle, AO (1922–1998) was a distinguished scholar and John Curtin biographer. He was general editor of the Australian Dictionary of Biography between 1975 and 1988. He is also a well-known author and his work has won several prestigious awards including the Ernest Scott prize, the National Book Council Banjo award and the Age Book of the Year. His published books include: The Melbourne Scene 1803–1956; The Golden Age; The Rush to be Rich; From Deserts the Prophets Come; John Monash: A Biography; Sir John Medley; and For Australia and Labor: Prime Minister John Curtin.
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