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Subject: elspeth huxley
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: robertl-ga
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Posted: 26 Dec 2002 09:37 PST
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Question ID: 133527
Elseth huxley said "this country is a rim containing people round a
withered hub" but can you please tell me what country she was talking

Request for Question Clarification by kutsavi-ga on 26 Dec 2002 12:39 PST
Hi there Roberl,

Is this all we have to go on?  I mean are you in a class dealing with
some aspect of colonialism?  Huxley was a great chronicler of British
colonialism in Kenya, so it is my guess that was the country she was
talking about, but in her long writing career, she wrote a great deal
about different countries, including Britain.  Any other clues you
could supply would be great.  (I don't think the Australian reference
in the Comment section below is correct.)
Subject: Re: elspeth huxley
Answered By: luciaphile-ga on 06 Jan 2003 21:20 PST
Hi robertl-ga,

Thanks for your question. 

Although kutsavi-ga is correct in that Huxley wrote a great deal about
Kenya, the country Elspeth Huxley was referring to in the quote you
gave in your question is Australia.

Elspeth Huxley
The quotation comes from a book Huxley wrote about Australia,
" . . . and in Sydney was the sun . . .  From it [the sun] springs the
whole Australian temperament . . . This country is a rim containing
people round a withered hub and fringed by over 12,000 miles of coast
lapped or pounded by oceans."
"Their Shining Eldorado: A Journey through Australia," by Elspeth
Huxley. New York: William Morrow & Company, Inc., 1967, p. 17.
Search strategy: 
Google search:
"elspeth huxley"
huxley australia

A search through the Library of Congress catalog for Huxley, elspeth
AND Australia turned up the book, which I then found on the shelves of
a local library.

Library of Congress Catalog
I hope this answers your question. If you need additional information,
please ask for clarification before rating my answer and I will do my
best to assist you.
Subject: Re: elspeth huxley
From: tlspiegel-ga on 26 Dec 2002 10:42 PST
Hi robertl,

A comment has been made on another similar question: "From the
description it sounds like Australia."

Hope this helps,

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