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Published by Knopf in New York, N.Y .
Written in English


  • Penal colonies -- Australia -- History,
  • Exiles -- Australia -- History,
  • Australia -- History -- 1788-1900

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Edition Notes

StatementRobert Hughes.
The Physical Object
Paginationxvi, 688 p.
Number of Pages688
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL23242500M
ISBN 100394506685
LC Control Number8645272

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Fatal Shore Robert Hughes. Read August-September, Fatal Shore is a sweeping, eloquent, argumentative, magisterial, compelling account of the settling of White Australia, written by one of the world's more prickly and rambunctious Australians. Anyone who has read one of Hughes's accounts of art (his métier) has surely developed a strong opinion of his style; nothing here will contradict. "The Fatal Shore" delivers precisely what the subtitle promises: "the Epic of Australia's Founding." The reader, like the convicts of the time, is "transported" to this land. The risks taken to begin white settlement were beyond comprehension - - perhaps like a decision today to colonize another planet/5(). An extraordinary volume--even a masterpiece--about the early history of Australia that reads like the finest of novels. Hughes captures everything in this complex tableau with narrative finesse that drives the reader ever-deeper into specific facts and greater understanding. He presents compassionate understanding of the plights of colonists--both freemen and convicts--and the Aboriginal /5(18).   The fatal shore Item Preview remove-circle Internet Archive Contributor Internet Archive Language English. Access-restricted-item true Addeddate Bookplateleaf Boxid Borrow this book to access EPUB and PDF files. IN COLLECTIONS. Books to :

Fatal Shore is a rare achievement in history writing: truly fascinating history by a wonderful writer. As a Time magazine writer and art critic, Robert Hughes obviously knows his way around the English language and shows it by crafting readable, entertaining by: But ''The Fatal Shore'' is a book of such grandeur of spirit that the reader will forgive these few excesses of enthusiasm. Mr. Hughes 's beautifully recounted story of the strange origins of the Australian soul is sure to engage a wide American readership.   Robert Hughes was born in Australia in In , he moved to the United States to become chief art critic for Time, a position he held until His books include The Shock of the New, The Fatal Shore, Nothing if Not Critical, The Culture of Complaint, Barcelona, American Visions, A Jerk on One End, Goya, Things I Didn’t Know, and : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. The Fatal Shore is the prize-winning, scholarly, brilliantly entertaining narrative that has given its true history to Australia. About the Author Robert Hughes, art critic of Time magazine and twice winner of the American College Art Association's F. J. Mather Award for distinguished criticism, is author of The Shock of the New, and of Heaven /5().

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