Hal Porter, The Tower and the Quintessence of Porterism


Argues that understanding Porter's plays is key to understanding his work as a whole. Focusing on The Tower (1963), Capone traces Porter's debt to a European tradition of theatre, his hybridisation of genres, and its links to his work in fiction, poetry and autobiography.

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Published 1 June 1991 in European Perspectives: Contemporary Essays on Australian Literature. Subjects: Aesthetics, Imagination, Literary influences, Symbolism, Writer's craft, Hal Porter.

Cite as: Capone, Giovanna. ‘Hal Porter, The Tower and the Quintessence of Porterism.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 15, no. 2, 1991, doi: 10.20314/als.00704f8bf7.