By Stuart Macintyre, Sheila Fitzpatrick
'Against the Grain' examines the twin careers of Brian Fitzpatrick and Manning Clark and indicates the political and private problems that beset them either in the course of their careers. Fitzpatrick used to be the older via a whole decade, born in 1905 and raised within the decrease middle-class suburb of Moonee Ponds. From the neighborhood kingdom college and Essendon excessive he received a scholarship to The collage of Melbourne and yet another residential scholarship to Trinity collage. whereas right here, he turned energetic in pupil lifestyles and helped chanced on either the Labour membership and the scholar newspaper, Farrago. This used to be might be an outlet for his rebellious spirit.
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I have found no evidence of Fitzpatrick’s reaction to the publication of ‘Portrait of a Freethinker’. It appeared in Quadrant in 1962, so he must have read it and noticed its provenance. The hostile portrait clearly marked a change in the relationship—the younger man now occupied the position of authority while Fitzpatrick had become the recipient of his patronage—but it also revealed Clark’s egocentric preoccupation with his own experience. Always sensitive to criticism, he seemed oblivious to the damage he could inflict with his judgements of others; or perhaps he simply assumed an artistic licence to tell of his quest for grace regardless of the consequences for the lost souls.
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. 56 Clark was indeed diffident, Fitzpatrick more robust. The older man suffered the greater disappointments, endured fiercer Cold War hostility, maintained his dignity in the face of all criticism and never wavered from his loyalties.
But it is noteworthy that Fitzpatrick gave space to an opposing view, less favourable towards the Soviet Union, since this was not always the case. 12 This sounds right (despite her later hesitation about it), but unfortunately lack of expert knowledge did not always stop Fitzpatrick expressing opinions, for example, when he challenged the interpretation of the new Soviet Constitution offered by William Murchison of the Empire Honour League, who had claimed that article 141 would prevent any candidates other than communists being nominated for elective office.
Against the grain : Brian Fitzpatrick and Manning Clark in Australian history and politics by Stuart Macintyre, Sheila Fitzpatrick