Nobel winner White's lost novel to be published
Tuesday 01 March 2011
An incomplete novel by Australia's most celebrated writer Patrick White is set to be published next year to mark the centenary of his birth, a report said Tuesday.
White, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973, died in 1990, leaving the manuscript of "The Hanging Garden" among a pile of papers he instructed were to be destroyed on his death.
But his literary executor Barbara Mobbs kept the papers for a decade before deciding not to burn them, and spent further years deciding whether "The Hanging Garden" should be published, The Sydney Morning Herald said.
"I have no doubt it deserves to see the light of day," Mobbs told the newspaper. "I wouldn't let it go otherwise."
The hand-written manuscript, held in the National Library of Australia, was transcribed last year and has now been typeset, but no publishing deals have yet been made, the Herald said.
White won the Nobel for his "epic and psychological narrative art which has introduced a new continent into literature", and is best known for his novels, "The Tree of Man", "The Vivisector" and "Voss".
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