Thomas Keneally

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  • Peter Pierce (Monash University)
  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 9.1.1: Australian Writing and Culture.

At the Sydney Writers’ Festival in May 2014, Thomas Keneally was acclaimed for the 50th anniversary of the publication of his first novel, The Place at Whitton, a murder mystery set in a monastery which was published in Britain and Australia in 1954 by Cassell, and by Walker & Co in New York in the following year. From the beginning of his career, Keneally was keen to exploit international opportunities for publication. As David Carter has remarked, “Many Australian authors have had American editions, but Keneally is among the few to have had an American career” (391). In August 2011 the Tom Keneally Centre at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts was opened: it houses the author’s personal library, together …

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Pierce, Peter. "Thomas Keneally". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 September 2014
[, accessed 30 September 2016.]

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