Review of Bluestocking in Patagonia, by Anne Whitehead
The story of William Lane's Utopian colony in Paraguay has been a subject of enduring fascination for Australian writers. The historians include Lloyd Ross in the mid-1930s, with his pioneering biography of Lane, through Gavin Souter in A Peculiar People (1968) to Anne Whitehead herself, in Paradise Mislaid, her monumental and award-winning 1997 book on the subject. The writers of fictional accounts have also been busy, with Vance Palmer's play Hail Tomorrow! (1947) and Michael Wilding's 'documentary novel', The Paraguayan Experiment (1984).
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