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Walter Murdoch talks

Murdoch, W. Walter Murdoch talks. [Sound recording] [Special Collections]

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Excerpt from the back of the record cover:

The selection of his writing recorded on this disc begins with a personal reminiscence, which needs no comment.

Tripe and Onions is an essay from his first collection, 'Speaking Personally'. It is a good opening, as it is an amusing example of his serious irreverence for what is inflated and over-important -- an attitude of mind felt in all his writing, for it is the essence of his lucid, easy style.

A Roman Holiday is the outcome of a second visit to a country and a people he has the deepest affection for. His first visit was in 1908, at the time of the Messina earthquake. He has, with a colleague, translated more than one Italian work into English.

One Leg Island really needs no comment, except to say that he manages this form of allegory with such convincing ease that a Methodist Parson wrote him that 'he hadn't believed a word of it'.

The last two excerpts are 'Answers to Questions'--
What is the most wonderful sound in the world? and What is your idea of heaven?

They will serve very well to conclude the recording, for the first expresses Professor Murdoch's iconic enjoyment of life even in our 'age of anxiety'; and the second expresses what is the essence of his faith in life and its meaning.

Side 1:
Track 1 - Autobiography (00:13:17)
Track 2 - Tripe and Onions (00:09:07)
Track 3 - Miniature Essay on "Sound" (00:02:58)

Side 2:
Track 4 - A Roman Holiday (00:10:24)
Track 5 - One Leg Island (00:12:23)
Track 6 - Miniature Essay on "Heaven" (00:02:11)

Date: 1960
Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: Sir Walter Murdoch Collection
Other Information: 33 1/3 rpm record originally produced by Brolga in 1960. This copy has been made for Murdoch University under s200AB(2) of the Copyright Act 1968.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/42012
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