By Stuart Macintyre, Sheila Fitzpatrick
'Against the Grain' examines the twin careers of Brian Fitzpatrick and Manning Clark and exhibits the political and private problems that beset them either in the course of their careers. Fitzpatrick was once the older through an entire decade, born in 1905 and raised within the reduce middle-class suburb of Moonee Ponds. From the neighborhood kingdom university and Essendon excessive he gained a scholarship to The collage of Melbourne and a different residential scholarship to Trinity collage. whereas the following, he grew to become energetic in scholar lifestyles and helped stumbled on either the Labour membership and the coed newspaper, Farrago. This was once probably an outlet for his rebellious spirit.
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Indd 28 24/7/07 11:59:48 AM My mind then moved on to what distinguished Brian from the others—indeed from all of us. It occurred to me then that, like my late father, he was held up by a hope that everyone would one day be nice to each other—that in their judgement of others they would use both charity and loving kindness. 57 Manning was already interring Brian in the mausoleum of his own concerns, an appropriation that continued when he delivered the first Brian Fitzpatrick Memorial Lecture at The University of Melbourne later that year.
53 Even his belated reply to Clark’s inaugural lecture on ‘Rewriting Australian History’ was written at the suggestion of his wife Dorothy. As he explained to Clem Christesen, The genesis is in fact Doff’s. 54 The differences with Clark are acknowledged but they are means to an end. 55 For all of his difficulties, Fitzpatrick remained true to his code. His constancy was surely remarkable, all the more so because it went unreciprocated and indeed was seldom acknowledged. When he wrote his message of support to Clark during the controversy over Meeting Soviet Man, it was left to Don Baker to respond: ‘Manning was very pleased to get your message.
11 The problem here was that Kisch gave a very different picture of the Soviet Union from that of other, less partisan, writers. In Kisch’s representation, the OGPU (Soviet secret police) was ‘lustily cheered at public festivals’ and a portrait of its founder, Felix Dzerzhinsky, was on the wall of almost every house. ‘I read this passage with very mixed feelings’, Fitzpatrick wrote, ‘for I had just read a very different account in another book published lately, Hampden Jackson’s brilliant The PostWar World, as nearly unbiased an international survey as ever came my way’.