Review of David Williamson: A Writer's Career, by Brian Kiernan

For over twenty years David Williamson has provided the Australian stage with a succession of extremely successful comic plays and our film and television industries with scripts for many of their most acclaimed dramas: an extraordinary achievement in fact, whatever the debate may be about their aesthetic worth and endurance or intellectual profundity. Naturally then, as coeditor of a drama journal, I have been both genuinely keen to encourage good critical writing on Australia's 'best known and most popular' playwright (from the jacket blurb o f Brian Kiernan's biography), and cynically aware that by doing so I could probably increase my subscriptions considerably. Williamson is a banking proposition; a public phenomenon that ensures his narratives, good and bad, will be noticed, reviewed, and viewed by more commentators and members of the non-arts community than those of any other contemporary Australian writer, includingWhite, Keneally, Carey and Corris.

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Published 1 May 1992 in Volume 15 No. 3. Subjects: Australian theatre.

Cite as: Fotheringham, Richard. ‘Review of David Williamson: A Writer's Career, by Brian Kiernan.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 15, no. 3, 1992.