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Michael Wilding Michael Wilding i(A16165 works by) (a.k.a. R. M. Wilding)
Born: Established: 1942 Worcester, Worcestershire,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1963
Heritage: English
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1 Untitled Michael Wilding , single work review
— Review of Images of Society and Nature : Seven Essays on Australian Novels 1971 selected work criticism
1 Untitled Michael Wilding , single work review
— Review of Mr Butterfry and Other Tales of New Japan Hal Porter , 1970 selected work short story
1 4 y separately published work icon Growing Wild Michael Wilding , North Melbourne : Arcadia , 2016 9457210 2016 single work autobiography

'‘A life well and fully lived in a time when everything seemed possible, and the world seemed to be becoming more open, adventurous, generous and sensual, with the bonds of community and care supplanting the conformist and materialist individualism of the fifties. OK, it was a dream, but my God what a dream and Michael threw himself into the pursuit of that dream with demonic conviction and energy.’ –David Williamson

'‘A career that is remarkable for how prolific and innovative it has been in so many areas, whether Wilding was working as a short story writer, novelist, critic, editor, commentator, anthologist, or publisher. Few Australian writers have successfully ventured so much and for so long. Moreover, a surprising coherence exists among this variety. Wilding’s work is driven by his political radicalism, which seems as much to do with a probing, sometimes acrid, intelligence, as sentiment. While much of Wilding’s work has an autobiographical kernel, the scope is always broad, and the social and political dimensions of any story are essential elements. Wilding’s is the story of a maverick who worked within an establishment institution, yet was capable of opening his imagination both to the possibilities of academic life and to the more capacious narratives of Australian history, literary history, and contemporary life.’ –Peter Pierce, Dictionary of Literary Biography' (Publication summary)

1 Book Futures Michael Wilding , 2016 single work short story
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 75 no. 1 2016; (p. 77-83)
1 1 y separately published work icon In the Valley of the Weed Michael Wilding , Kew : Arcadia , 2016 11251934 2016 single work novel crime

'Suspended from his job when his politically incorrect email correspondence is leaked on the internet, Tim Vicars disappears. Is he hiding in shame?

'Is he running away from the erotic complexities of wife, mistress and literary agent?

'Or has his research project on decriminalizing marijuana provoked the growers, dealers and intelligence agencies to direct action?

'Plant, hired to find him, heads off into the Valley of the Weed.' (Publication summary)

1 Milton’s Samson Agonistes : A Political Reading Michael Wilding , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Free Mind : Essays and Poems in Honour of Barry Spurr 2016;
'Samson Agonistes is the only play that Milton wrote. At the beginning of his career he wrote two masques, Arcades and A Masque presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634 [Comus], but nothing else for the stage. Indeed he makes a point of telling us in the opening note, “Of that sort of dramatic poem called tragedy”, that Samson Agonistes “never was intended” for the stage.1 During the years of the English Revolution, 1640-1659, the theatres had all been closed by official order. Milton, as the foremost propaganda writer for the revolutionary government, might be expected to have agreed with its hostility to the public theatre, something seen as a corrupt institution, identified with royalists, prostitutes and such like. So it is not surprising that Samson Agonistes “never was intended” for the stage; nor is it surprising that the model Milton followed was not that of English Shakespearean theatre, but the archaic model of classical Greece.' (Introduction)
1 The Surveillance University Michael Wilding , 2016 single work short story
— Appears in: Review of Australian Fiction , vol. 19 no. 3 2016;
1 An Appallingly Undeniable Vision Michael Wilding , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , December vol. 59 no. 12 2015; (p. 84-85)

— Review of Going Out Backwards Ross Fitzgerald , Ian McFadyen , 2015 selected work short story
1 6 y separately published work icon Wild Bleak Bohemia : Marcus Clarke, Adam Lindsay Gordon and Henry Kendall - A Documentary Michael Wilding , North Melbourne : Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2014 8265498 2014 single work biography

'Meticulously using contemporary newspaper reports, court records, published memoirs, private letters and diaries, Michael Wilding tells the story of three troubled geniuses of Australian writing and their world of poetry and poverty, alcohol and opiates, horse-racing and theatre, journalism and publishing. Gordon shot himself, unable to pay the printer of his poems; Kendall ended up in a mental hospital after forging a cheque, and Clarke died bankrupt for a second time.' (Publication summary)

1 Libraries under Threat Michael Wilding , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , March 2014;
1 A Small Town in the Depression Michael Wilding , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , May vol. 57 no. 5 2013; (p. 108-109)

— Review of Well Anyway Dal Stivens , 2012 single work novel
1 History of Scholarly Journals Writ Large Literature Down Under : Chasing the Kangaroo's Tail Michael Wilding , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 20 November 2013; (p. 29, 33)
1 2 y separately published work icon Asian Dawn Michael Wilding , Melbourne - North : Arcadia , 2013 6485374 2013 single work novel crime

'Gallery owner Alice Ackerman hires Plant to find her husband, missing in Asia. Plant gets embroiled with the expatriate language teacher Bowles with a penchant for cut-price Bangkok bar-girls, excitable Indian professor Ghosh, a Manila bookseller with impeccable CIA connections, and exotic cabaret singer Anna-Imelda. Drugged and seduced at the Eternal Night Club, kidnapped and imprisoned in Baguio City, PLant is deported from the Philippines. Fired from the case, he is visited in his rural hideaway by the menacing international publisher Starr, whose taste for dangerous sex may be the reason he is later found hanged in a Bangkok hotel. The action moves rapidly through Thailand, India, the Philippines and the Australian Gold Coast.' (Publisher's blurb)

1 y separately published work icon Price Iz Bezvremene Zemlje : Antologija Savremene Australijske Proze Michael Wilding (editor), Nataša Kampmark (editor), ( trans. Nataša Kampmark with title Price from Timeless Land - Anthology of Contemporary Australian Fiction ) Zrenjanin : Agora , 2012 Z1930363 2012 selected work prose life story

'The anthology brings together twenty prose writers whose literary and personal stories term tendencies of contemporary Australian literary scene. This book I'll take readers on a journey through all major cities of Australia, but also through its unique interior, where they will, among other things, attend meetings, touching, track altercation between figure and writer, quotes thoughts of a deceased slusaNastala as a result of cooperation between the Serbian-Australian tandem editorial and supported by funds from the Australian Council for the arts, the anthology brings together twenty prose writers whose literary and personal stories term tendencies of contemporary Australian literary scene. ...' (Source: AbeBooks website)

1 A Friend of My People at Home : Marcus Clarke and Captain Frederick Standish Michael Wilding , 2012 single work biography
— Appears in: Quadrant , July - August vol. 56 no. 7/8 2012; (p. 68-76)
1 Denial a Mindset To Be Bypassed Michael Wilding , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 30 June-1 July 2012; (p. 33)

— Review of Every Beat of My Heart : An ABC Journalist's Journey from Death by Cardiac Arrest to Complete Recovery Jeff Waters , 2012 single work autobiography
1 Marcus Clarke's Essential Recycling Michael Wilding , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , November vol. 55 no. 11 2011; (p. 36-42)

'Marcus Clarke was adept at recycling. Partly this was a freelance writer's way of maximising the income from each piece written. But it was also a way to maximise exposure when the material initially appeared in a narrowly localised publication.' Michael Wilding.

1 Publishing to Bring the Margins to the Centre Michael Wilding , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 12 October 2011; (p. 32)
1 11 y separately published work icon Wild and Woolley : A Publishing Memoir Michael Wilding , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2011 Z1819865 2011 single work criticism 'Wild & Woolley: A Publishing Memoir is Wilding's rollicking account of the literary scene in Sydney in the heady bohemian years of the 1970s and 80s, charting the growth, the experiments, and finally Wilding's departure from this innovative small press, against a background of social upheaval and cultural change in Australia. It is peppered with irreverent anecdotes and details - publication of the best-selling manual All About Grass, the purchase of decommissioned panel vans for "urgent book deliveries", accounts of long and boozy book launches - and with vivid portraits of some of the most important literary figures of the time.' (From the publisher's website.)
1 Formed by Hands of Experience and Rolled in Happy Acceptance Michael Wilding , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8-9 October 2011; (p. 31)

— Review of The Exotic Rissole Tanveer Ahmed , 2011 single work autobiography