David McCooey is the Deputy General Editor (& Section Editor, Poetry and Non-Fiction, 1950-2000) of the prize-winning anthology, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, published by Allen & Unwin in 2009. The anthology was also was published internationally in 2009 as The Literature of Australia by Norton, the premier international publisher of literary anthologies.
‘The largest and most comprehensive anthology of its kind ever produced’, Jane Sullivan, The Age.
‘Scrupulously edited and beautifully presented’, Bruce Bennett, Canberra Times.
‘Bounty all round, and congratulations in order’, Peter Pierce¸ Sydney Morning Herald.
- Winner, ‘Special Award’, NSW Premier’s Literary Award, 2009;
- Winner, the Australian Educational Publishing Awards, Tertiary (Wholly Australian) Scholarly Reference, 2010;
- Shortlisted, Australian Book Industry Awards, General Non-Fiction, 2010.
- In 2012 the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature was included in the ‘Reading Australia 200’ list of 200 classic titles of Australian literature, a project coordinated by the Copyright Agency Ltd, with the National Library of Australia and the Australian Society of Authors.