Some Correspondence with Joan Lindsay


I corresponded with Lady Joan Lindsay from December 1981, till May 1983. The first letter was mine: I asked her about possible Pan motifs in Picnic at Hanging Rock, a subject on which I was preparing a conference paper. After that we wrote to each other in friendly fashion about literature and many other topics. I received eight letters in all from Joan, the last dated 23 April 1983. They reveal a good deal about her personality, as well as her attitudes to writing, education, her works and life in general.

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Published 1 May 1989 in Volume 14 No. 1. Subjects: Literary techniques, structures & modes, Joan Lindsay.

Cite as: Barrett, Donald. ‘Some Correspondence with Joan Lindsay.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 14, no. 1, 1989, doi: 10.20314/als.49300bf82f.