ENGL329 Literature Blog Week 6

Put together a digital kit on Patrick White that provides a number of digital resources for understanding his importance to Australian ideas today.



Patrick White


ABC: Why Bother with Patrick White?. This is an excellent resource that embodies Blake’s importance to Australian Society. It also provides a thorough insight into White’s life through a detailed timeline as well a list of his works, excerpts from speeches and a collection of “opinions”.

Jennifer Hansen: Why we love Patrick White. Former television news co-host Jennifer Hansen provides a review of a Patrick White session that occurred at the Melbourne Writers Festival program in 2012. Hansen effectively highlights the everlasting significance of White’s ideas to Australian society a she demonstrates the passion behind his works.

The Nobel Prize: Patrick White. Upon receiving a Nobel Prize, White composed an Autobiography that reflected on his achievements and struggles during his lifetime.

The Global Mail. “Here’s a path to discovering the magic of Nobel-winning Australian author Patrick White, born a century ago.” This provides an excellent insight into Blake’s life and what he was attempting to express through a variety of his works.

The Sydney Theatre Company. The Sydney Theatre Company Website highlights how it has a “Patrick White Playwrights Award in honour of Patrick White’s contribution to Australian Theatre and to foster the development of Australian playwrights”. This clearly exemplifies White’s impact in Australia.

Seeing the World through Books. A great review by Mary Whipple on Riders in the Chariot that depicts the key ideas prevalent in the text.

The Life and Faith of Patrick White clip.


5 thoughts on “ENGL329 Literature Blog Week 6

  1. Thanks for calling attention to my review of RIDERS IN THE CHARIOT on SEEING THE WORLD THROUGH BOOKS. (It’s always a thrill to see that someone cares.) I’ve enjoyed many books by Patrick White, including THE HANGING GARDEN, one that was found in unfinished manuscript form when White died and just published this year for the first time, a fascinating look at the author’s thinking. That review is also posted on the website. Best regards, Mary Whipple

  2. Dear Samara,

    WOW! What a fantastic digital kit on Patrick White! The resource which I found most helpful was the review you provided by Stephen Crittenden who notes how “White focuses on the idea of suburban evil in Riders in the Chariot.” I agree with Crittenden’s comment and I believe that this concept is best illustrated through the two middle aged ladies, Mrs Jolley and Mrs Flack. Like the witches in Macbeth, these women are malicious for twisting other people’s fortunes. White writes how Mrs Jolley “would have to kill some animal fierce enough to fan her pride” and I think this clearly emphasises Mrs Jolley’s immorality!
    I also admired Mary Whipple’s review on Riders in the Chariot who notes how the characters’ vision of a “mythical chariot may have been presented in a romantic way, or to illustrate White’s religious views.” However, like Blake’s vision of Ezekiel’s chariot, I believe that White’s chariot represents the desire to remove old heaven and earth and to make the way for new heaven and earth. Each a symbol of one of the four Zoas, I feel that Miss Hare, Himmelfarb, Mrs Godbold and Mr Dubbo are using their insight of a mythical chariot as a tool to pave their way to a new world and to reach a new understanding of truth. After all, White was intending to use his novel to raise people’s perception to the infinite!

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  4. Hi Samara!

    Your digital kit, aided my understanding of Patrick White’s ‘Riders In The Chariot’. The website ‘Seeing the World Through Books’ is a great summary and commentary of the novel, and I found this website to be most useful.


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