In Custody: Thomas Keneally and American Stories


Keneally has frequently put himself in the way of historical crises, and has risked and most often found his individual voice within epochal stories. Such patterns of risk-taking inform much of his work, including his engagement with American materials. Here I will focus on two of his several envisionings of the Civil War, the novel Confederates (1979) and the biography Abraham Lincoln (2003), and conclude with a differently focused work, the memoir Searching for Schindler (2007), which is an American autobiography in tone and strategy as much as in setting and character.

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Published 30 May 2015 in Volume 30 No. 1. Subjects: American (USA) literature and writers, Tom Keneally.

Cite as: Scheckter, John. ‘In Custody: Thomas Keneally and American Stories.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 30, no. 1, 2015, doi: 10.20314/als.79eb52296d.