Donald Friend's Theatre of Self. "The Diaries of Donald Friend, Volume 1", by Anne Gray (ed). [review]
Donald Friend, who was born in 1915, gave his diaries to the National Library of Australia a few years before his death in 1989. Well aware of their value as cultural history as well as personal record, he hoped that the NLA might one day publish them. But the sheer bulk of forty-four years of diary entries, and the complex task of editing them for publication, seemed insuperable obstacles until the Morris West Trust Fund came to the rescue. The first volume, which includes Friend’s important wartime diaries, has now been published. Handsomely designed, and edited with impressive scholarly attention by art historian Anne Gray, they deserve to find a wide readership.