Summer 2002 • Vol. XXIV No. 3/4 NonfictionJuly 1, 2002 |

Public Dreaming: An Interview with David Malouf

David Malouf was born in Brisbane, Australia, in 1934, the descendant of Lebanese and English grandparents. In 1970, he established himself as a poet with Bicycle and Other Poems (published in America as The Year of the Foxes and Other Poems). Four years later, another poetry collection, Neighbours in a Thicket, was published and received the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry, and the James Cook Award. His other poetry collections include Wild Lemons and First Things Last. With the publication of his first two novels, Johnno and An Imaginary Life, Malouf demonstrated his range as a novelist and established what he sees as the opposite poles of his body of work. Johnno, set in contemporary Australia, is a traditional, straightforward narrative about guilt and memory, while An Imaginary Life, a fictional account of Ovid's life after his exile from Rome, combines exploratory essay, prose poem, and monologue. His other novels include Harl

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