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‘Now is the Psychological Moment’


Earle Page and the Imagining of Australia

Stephen Wilks

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp,

Or what’s a heaven for?

Robert Browning, ‘Andrea del Sarto’

The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.

Edward John Phelps

Earle Page as seen by L.F. Reynolds in Table Talk

Earle Page as seen by L.F. Reynolds in Table Talk, 21 October 1926.

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ISBN (print): 9781760463670

ISBN (online): 9781760463687

WorldCat (print): 1198529303

WorldCat (online): 1198529152

DOI: 10.22459/NPM.2020

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This publication was awarded a College of Arts and Social Sciences PhD Publication Prize in 2018. The prize contributes to the cost of professional copyediting.

Cover design and layout by ANU Press. Cover photograph: Earle Page strikes a pose in early Canberra. Mildenhall Collection, NAA, A3560, 6053, undated.

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