The Three Archives of Gerald Murnane


Music & Literature is proud to debut the complete and comprehensive catalog of Gerald Murnane's remarkable personal archives. Murnane is the reclusive Australian author of eleven works of fiction, including A Lifetime on Clouds, The Plains, and Barley Patch, and one collection of essays, Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs. In addition to these publications, Murnane has for decades accumulated an impressive collection of literary, personal, and creative manuscripts, including his legendary Antipodean Archive, founded in 1985, which contains an expansive Henry Darger-like fictive universe of horseracing, romantic obsession, and overlapping imaginary realms. Murnane has stated that these archives will not be made public until after his death, but here we are given a glimpse into his many worlds. Revered in his home country and deemed "a genius on the level of Beckett" by Teju Cole, Murnane is regularly rumored as a candidate for the Nobel Prize.

 

This listing and accompanying photographs have been prepared by Mr. Murnane and appear here with his permission.

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For complete coverage of Gerald Murnane's many worlds, purchase Music & Literature no. 3...