Gerald Glaskin (1923-2000) pushed the boundaries of acceptability in what he wrote and how he wrote it. His 20 major publications – novels, short stories, travelogues, memoirs, plays, and more – tackled such taboo subjects as homosexuality, incest, and parapsychology. In the aftermath of World War II, Glaskin challenged white Australians to re-examine their attitudes toward Asians and Aboriginal people; and his 1965 novel, No End to the Way – initially banned in his home country – was groundbreaking in its frank and honest portrayal of a homosexual relationship. Outside Australia, Glaskin’s books were translated into multiple languages and garnered praise from critics and readers alike. He was hailed as ‘the ace of Australian story tellers.’ Yet, in his home country, he was and remains a virtual nonentity. Why did Australia turn its back on Glaskin? Was it due to his delight in provoking people? Was it because of his audacious, belligerent, and, at times, overbearing manner? Was he a victim of his country’s ‘tall poppy syndrome, ‘ or of a provincial publishing industry? This insightful biography probes the life and work of one of Australia’s most neglected writers and, in so doing, gives Gerald Glaskin his proper due. *** Never heard of him – that’s the most common reaction when I mention Gerry Glaskin….That is the question driving John Burbidge’s revealing yet compassionate biography. – Jeremy Fisher, Australian Book Review, on-line Issue 117, June-July 2014 *** ..”.impressively detailed….Critically important reading for students of Glaskin’s work…strongly recommended for academic library Gay & Lesbian Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.”” – Midwest Book Review
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