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A Difficult Young Man

A Difficult Young Man: Text Classics

Martin Boyd

  • awardWinner, Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, 1956
  • Introduction by Sonya Hartnett

    Nearly everyone between the ages of eighteen and thirty turns against his family and wants to escape from it. When he is sixty he wants to creep back to the nursery fireside, but it is no longer there.

    Handsome, proud, reprehensible, misunderstood. Dominic Langton is the dark heart of A Difficult Young Man. His brother Guy can scarcely understand where he fits into the pattern of things or what he might do next. Martin Boyd’s much loved novel is an elegant, witty and compelling family tale about the contradictions of growing up.

    Martin Boyd
    About the Author

    Martin a' Beckett Boyd was born in Switzerland in 1893 into a famous family. His brothers Merric and Penleigh were to become artists, too. Merric’s son Arthur was to become a famous painter, and Penleigh’s son Robin became an architect and the author ofThe Australian Ugliness.

    After leaving school Martin Boyd enrolled in a seminary, but he...

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    Extent:
    352pp
    Format:
    Paperback
    Text publication date:
    26 April 2012
    First published:
    1955
    Region:
    VIC
    ISBN:
    9781921922121
    AU Price:
    $12.95
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    Praise for Martin Boyd
    andA Difficult Young Man

    ‘Few writers, it could be argued, have ever cannibalised life for their art as ruthlessly and consistently as did Martin Boyd; and few are born into situations which lend themselves so readily to art… By the time he wrote A Difficult Young Man, focusing the cool spotlight of his attention on his brother Merric as well as more sharply on himself, Boyd had form as a writer whose true gift lay not in the power of his imagination, but in the brilliance of his ancestral inheritance.’

    Other editions ofA Difficult Young Man
    • A Difficult Young Man
      ebook
      ISBN: 9781921921759
      26 April 2012
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