#AWW 2019 Nine Lives: Women Writers
- Author: Susan Sheridan
- Title: Nine Lives: Postwar Women Writers Making Their Mark
- Published: 2011
- Genre: non-fiction
- Rating: A
- Trivia: This book has been sitting on my TBR for two years!
- List of Challenges 2019
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- #AWW2019 @AusWomenWriters
- Trying to get back to books with
- …’one’ very good eye after cataract surgery
- …the the other eye ready for correction in 2 weeks.
- Why did I wait so long to read this wonderful book?
- I think the bland bookcover did not catch my eye.
- Ms Sheridan should have used thumbnail photos of te
- …talented Australian writers she was about to introduce to this reader!
- This books contains
- nine condensed, compact biographies of Australian Women writers
- Sheridan highlights a generation of women writers
- overlooked in the Australian contemporary literary scene.
- These women writers who were born between 1915-1930:
- Judith Wright
Dorothy Aucherlonie Green
- All had children...
- J. Wright and D. Green were the sole support of their families.
- The nine women were versatile writers
- poet, playwright, novelist, short stories,
- non-fiction (autobiography), literary critic and editor.
- T. Astely won Miles Franklin Award 4x, Jessica Anderson 2x and E. Jolley 1x.
- All shared a sense of urgency…
- their vocation, their ‘need’ to be a writer
- that would not let them rest.
- Judith Wright – was an important name in the emerging postwar literature.
- She was one of the few Australian poets to achieve international recognition.
- Ms Wright is the author of of several collections of poetry,
- including The Moving Image, Woman to
- Man, The Gateway, The Two Fires, Birds,
- The Other Half, Magpies, Shadow, Hunting Snake, among others.
- Her work is noted for a keen focus on the Australian environment.
- Thea Astley – I am a huge fan of this writer.
- I did learn more tidbits of info about this woman.
- Critics were not always kind to Thea Astely.
- The ending of The Slow Natives
- …was “…too sentimental and melodramatic.
- I didn’t think so!
- Even Patrick White was harsh.
- Criticism should be like rain
- …gentle enough to nourish growth without
- …destroying the roots.
- White’s fault finding ended their friendship.
- Thea Astley won Miles Franklin Award four times!
- Dorothy Hewett – After reading Ms Hewett’s short biography in this book the
- only thing that suited this woman is the song: Born to be Wild !!
- Once I read about the tumultuous life of Dorothy Hewett I knew
- I had to read her books.
- I ordered Baker’s Dozen ( 13 short stories)…
- …cannot wait to read it!
- Rosemary Dobson – She was fully established as a poet by the age of 35.
- She published 14 collections of poems.
- The Judges of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 1996
- described her significance as follows:
- “The level of originality and strength of
- Rosemary’s poetry cannot be underestimated…”
- Dorothy Auchterlonie Green – She saw herself primarily as a scholar.
- Ms Green felt overworked and
- under-recognized, trapped by circumstances of her life and unsure of her capacity as a poet.
- She won widespread admiration for her poetry, literary scholarship
- her reviews and social criticism and inspirational teaching.
- Gwen Harwood – She was sick of the way poetry
- editors (Meanjin) treated her…no accepting her work.
- Ms Harwoon created several nom de plume: Geyer , Lehmann and Stone.
- Geyer and Lehmann were regularly invited to meet editors for lunch next time they were in Sydney
- or Melbourne. Geyer was evern invited to read at the Adelaide Festival.
- ….he respectively declined.
- Jessica Anderson – She was in a male-dominated and
- Anglocentric publishing world.
- How did she survive?
- She cultivated the qualities of character and
- strategies of survival necessary to
- sustain enough belief in herself to go on writing.
- She won the Miles Franklin Award twice…1978 and 1980.
- Amy Witting – For many years Amy Witting was invisible in the literary world.
- She won the Patrick White Award 1993
- for writers who have not received adequate recognition.
- I am waiting for her book of short stories to arrive…Marriages
- …I’m sure Amy Witting will have much to tell about this institution!
- Elizabeth Jolley – In a single year she received 39 rejection slips
- …yet she persisted.
- She won Miles Franklin Award 1986.
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