- [ca.1941] - [ca.1984] (Creation)
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56 boxes, 1 parcel.
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Xavier Herbert was born in Geraldton, Western Australia, and grew up there and in Fremantle. He trained as a pharmacist and worked and lived in Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin and then England where he married and wrote his first novel 'Capricornia' which was finally published by P R Stephensen in 1938. Herbert returned to Australia in 1932 and in 1946 he settled with his wife Sadie at Redlynch, near Cairns, Queensland. Herbert's other works include the autobiographical 'Disturbing Element' (1963), the novel 'Soldiers' Women' (1961), the novella 'Seven Emus' (1959) and the short story collection 'Larger than Life' (1963), as well as short stories and many articles expressing his strongly held opinions on various aspects of Australian life. His last work 'Poor Fellow My Country' was published in 1975 and won the Miles Franklin Award that year. Since his death two collections of Herbert 's writings have been published: 'Xavier Herbert' (1992), edited by Peter Pierce and Frances De Groen, which includes extracts from novels with other fiction, nonfiction and correspondence, and 'South of Capricornia' (1990), edited by Russell McDougall, which reprints stories written before 1934 and often published under pseudonyms. Xavier Herbert was awarded honorary doctorates by the Universities of Queensland and Newcastle.
Collection previously titled as: Papers of Sadie and Xavier Herbert [ca.1941] - [ca.1984]
Collection alternatively titled as: Sadie and Xavier Herbert Collection.
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Notebooks (referred to by Herbert as "literary logs"), manuscript drafts, proofs and other papers relating to Poor Fellow My Country, Disturbing Element, Soldiers' Women, and "The Little Widow" together with short stories, poems, articles, publications, newspaper cuttings, correspondence, photographs, financial records and artwork by Xavier Herbert.
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Unrestricted access, except 1 folder in Box 44 is restricted. Application for access to restricted material may be submitted to the Fryer Librarian for consideration.
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'Guide to the Papers of Sadie and Xavier Herbert, The University of Queensland Library, Fryer Library'. (2001). Guide to Australian literary manuscripts. University of Western Australia Library & Australian Literary Manuscript Collections Project.
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Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.