In the Beginning: David Malouf’s An Imaginary Life


Discusses Malouf’s account of the composing of the novel in late 1976 and considers the implications of changes, particularly as they relate to the title of the novel which was changed only late in the piece from its working version ‘Letter from Pontus’. The article draws on Malouf’s diaries and letters and the various manuscript versions of the novel held in the Fryer Library, University of Queensland.

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Published 1 October 2005 in Volume 22 No. 2. Subjects: Drafts & revisions, Writer's craft, David Malouf.

Cite as: Smith, Yvonne. ‘In the Beginning: David Malouf’s An Imaginary Life.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 22, no. 2, 2005, doi: 10.20314/als.9bc08e0c21.