MUP's acclaimed series Little Books on Big Themes pairs leading Australian thinkers and cultural figures with some of the big themes in life. Each author's 10,000-word take on a chosen theme is presented as an eminently collectable hardback.
In On Passion, celebrated Australian poet Dorothy Porter delves headfirst into the passions, both literary and earthly. We discover the young Dorothy Porter's drug of choice was none other than romantic love while musing that some of the most deeply passionate experiences of [her] life happened between the covers of a book.
Written just before she passed away in 2008, On Passion is a wonderful, ultimately joyous, insight into the creative life of one of our best loved poets.
About the Author
Dorothy Porter was one of Australia's finest writers. Two of her verse novels, What a Piece of Work and Wild Surmise, were short-listed for the Miles Franklin Award. Porter also wrote two libretti for composer Jonathan Mills, The Ghost Wife and The Eternity Man, and her most recent publication El Dorado was short-listed for the Prime Minister's Award.
"The 10,000-word essay is a fearless reflection on the subjects that gave her life meaning: poetry, desire, nature, music and most powerfully, her own mortality." Age
"It is [a] deeply rooted literary emphasis which gives On Passion its extra dimension." --Canberra Times
"A delightful essay." --Launceston Examiner
Series: Little Books on Big Themes
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: March 2010
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 15.8 x 11.9
Weight (kg): 0.14
Edition Number: 1