Harold Edward (Hal) Porter AM (16 February 1911 – 29 September 1984) was an Australian novelist, playwright, poet and . His 1963 memoir, The Watcher on the Cast Iron Balcony, is regarded as an Australian masterpiece.
Harold Edward (Hal) Porter AM (16 February 1911 – 29 September 1984) was an Australian novelist, playwright, poet and short-story writer. Porter was born in Albert Park, Victoria, grew up in Bairnsdale, Victoria and worked as a journalist, teacher and librarian. A car accident just before the outbreak of war prevented him from serving in World War II. His first stories were published in 1942 and by the 1960s he was writing full-time. His other works were less successful.
A classic among Australian autobiographies, The Watcher on the Cast-Iron Balcony is Hal Porter's masterpiece. Recreating the rhythms of small-town life between the wars, it covers the author's first two decades. From the sensuality of his early boyhood experiences, Porter travels ever-observantly through his Bairnsdale school years to his first job as a cadet reporter. The A classic among Australian autobiographies, The Watcher on the Cast-Iron Balcony is Hal Porter's masterpiece
The Watcher on the Cast-Iron Balcony (Paperback). Published 1986 by Faber and Faber. Paperback, 255 pages. Author(s): Hal Porter. ISBN: 0571081797 (ISBN13: 9780571081790).
An australian autobiography. Between this romantic or dramatic background and the watcher at the cast-iron lace of the balustrade innumerable more sordid elements are disposed: paltry municipal parks like seedy displays of parsley; endless terraces of houses; endless perspectives of ignoble streets and, strange as palaces, many three-storeyed stucco hotels whose baroque façades topped with urns and krateres protrude here and there above an. agitation of humbler roofs of slate or terracotta but largely of unpainted corrugated iron.
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moral context, while Hal Porter’s The Watcher on the Cast-Iron Balcony (1963) is a résumé of post-Edwardian Australia as seen in a country town (an audacious but convincing variant on the bush orientation of traditional writing) and is patterned as a biography of his mother.
Harold Edward Porter was an Australian novelist, playwright, poet and short-story writer i The Watcher on the Cast-Iron Balcony
Harold Edward Porter was an Australian novelist, playwright, poet and short-story writer. His 1963 memoir,
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