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Xavier Herbert (15 May 1901 — 10 November 1984) was an Australian writer best known for his Miles Franklin Award-winning novel Poor Fellow My Country (1975). He is considered one of the elder statesmen of Australian literature. He is also known for short story collections and his autobiography Disturbing Element.

Herbert was born Alfred Jackson in Geraldton, Western Australia, in 1901, as an illegitimate child. Before writing he worked many jobs in Western Australia and Victoria; his first job was in a pharmacy at the age of fourteen. After the First World War he moved to Melbourne and started his writing career, but did not publish his first book, Capricornia, until 1938. Capricornia was, in part, based on Herbert's experiences being a Protector of the Aborigines in Darwin, even though it was written in London between 1930 and 1932.

The 1940s and 1950s were a relatively lean time for Herbert in terms of publication. He released Seven Emus. In the 1960s he published two books, before the release of Poor Fellow My Country (1975), as well as a short story collection. Poor Fellow My Country is the longest Australian novel.

Herbert was well known for his outspoken views on indigenous issue. As anyone who has read Poor Fellow My Country can atest to he was outspoken a great champion of Aboriginal peoples, particularly those living in missions in Queensland and the Northern Territory. In his personal life he was considered difficult, and his wife Sadie said it was a choice between having children and looking after Xavier. He also frustrated his biographers by telling tall stories about his life and past.

Herbert died in 1984, aged 83.

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Total Books: 30
Soldiers' Women
2012 - Soldiers' Women (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781743312292
ISBN-10: 1743312296
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance

2012 - Capricornia (Audio CD)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781743199664
ISBN-10: 174319966X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

South of Capricornia Stories 1925-34
1990 - South of Capricornia Stories 1925-34 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780195532487
ISBN-10: 0195532481
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Dream Road
Dream Road (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780002215930
ISBN-10: 0002215934
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Larger than life Twenty short stories
Larger Than Life Twenty Short Stories (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780006144694
ISBN-10: 0006144691

Disturbing Element
Disturbing Element [Imprint Lives] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780207171116
ISBN-10: 0207171114
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs