The Genesis of a Writer: The Early Years of Kenneth Mackenzie


One possible and useful means of trying to determine how far Mackenzie may have fulfilled the undoubted promise he showed, is through an examination of his life. Most pertinent of all, and the purpose of this paper, is a consideration of the forces which, in the backwater Perth of the late twenties and early thirties, impelled Mackenzie to take up writing as a profession at a time when Australian society, 'utilitarian in the choice of purposes to which wealth might be devoted, gave only rare opportunities for a professional life in literature'.

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Published 1 October 1968 in Volume 3 No. 4. Subjects: Literary career, Writer's recognition & popularity, Kenneth Mackenzie.

Cite as: Davis, Diana. ‘The Genesis of a Writer: The Early Years of Kenneth Mackenzie.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 3, no. 4, 1968, doi: 10.20314/als.6a6502406b.