- Charles Rowcroft, For Example
Discusses factual errors in previously published literary histories, biographies and bibliographies. Hadgraft also reveals his own methods and experience in collecting biographical data on Rowcroft.1 June 1966
- Veronica Brady’s Biography of Judith Wright
Literary biography has both its friends and its enemies. Readers of the genre may be fans of particular authors, or may be addicted to literary biography in general, or perhaps both. The evidence of literary festivals and public libraries is…1 October 1999
- Review of Henry Handel Richardson: A Life, by Michael Ackland
Biography - life-writing - is a popular form these days. Ian Britain editorialised in Meanjin that in many cases it sells rather better than the average novel does. Why is this? Why do you read a biography? Why do I?
…1 October 2006
- Review of Victor J. Daley (A Life), by Frank Molloy
The research evidenced in Frank Molloy's Victor J. Daley (A Life) is of the kind which exists at the heart of contemporary Irish-Australian Studies, and can best be defined as both excavation and reclamation: excavation because Molloy has meticulously researched…1 October 2006
- Review of Sumner Locke Elliott: Writing Life. A Biography, by Sharon Clarke, and Pioneer Players: The Lives of Louis and Hilda Esson by Peter Fitzpatrick
There are intriguing similarities between the lives of Sumner Locke Elliott and Louis Esson. Both felt themselves pioneers in particularly philistine, early twentieth-century provincial culture. This failed to support their writing and theatre careers at the level of structural and…1 October 1996
- Review of Struggle and Storm: The Life and Death of Francis Adams, by Meg Tasker, and Jock: A L!fe Story of John Shaw Neilson, by Cliff Hanna.
Francis Adams lived the sort of life that cries out for a biography. Born in Malta, a son of the regiment, he spent his youth in England, Canada, and Ireland before being educated at Charles Darwin's old school, Shrewsbury. His…1 October 2002
- Looking Beyond the Subject: Some Recent Biographies
As so much of the discussion about Australian culture, in literary and allied fields, is now coming through the medium of biography, this latest parcel of biographical offerings presents an opportunity to see how well the genre is performing.
Of…1 May 1995
- An Excellent Teacher and Lover of Literature : Elizabeth May Perkins O.A.M.
ELIZABETH Perkins passed away peacefuJiy at the Wesley Park Haven Hospital in Townsville on 17 February 2004. She suffered from arthritis and bronchitis, complaints that she bore for many years with determination and good humour. Her loss is deeply felt…1 May 2005
- Henry Handel Richardson Fifty Years On
Having been asked to speak at a Henry Handel Richardson seminar, on the particular question of developments in the study of her life and work in the half century since she died, makes me feel that in one basic way…1 May 1998
- Review of Ida Leeson: A Life - Not a Blue-Stocking Lady, by Sylvia Martin
Scholars of Australian literature are more likely than most to recognise the name Ida Leeson and to connect it to that venerable institution, Sydney's Mitchell Library. Leeson was the head of the Mitchell Library from 1932 to 1946 and played…1 May 2007
- Review of The Literary Larrikin: A Critical Biography of TA.G. Hungerford, by Michael Crouch
Writing a biography is a tricky business. Perhaps most tricky, however, is to decide where you stand on the one hand to your subject and on the other to your readers, in other words, to decide where your loyalties lie…1 May 2007
- Review of Xavier Herbert: A Biography, Eleanor Dark: A Writer's Life and The Queen of Bohemia: The Autobiography of Dulcie Deamer: Being 'The Golden Decade'
Biographies of writers have maintained their popularity for many years, both here and overseas, a fact sometimes attributed to the chance they give 'busy people' to become acquainted with an author's work without having to read it. The imputation is…1 October 1999
- ‘From the Lips of a Lady’ : Mrs A.M. Hamilton-Grey’s First Biography of Henry Kendall
Hamilton-Grey, who published three books on Henry Kendall in the 1920s, has remained a little-known figure in Australian literary history, although her biographies of Kendall have provided source material for many Kendall scholars in the past. The article examines Hamilton-Grey’s…1 May 2004
- Writers by Accident?: Recent Stocktaking of ‘Tasma’ and Paterson
Literary reputations and standing tend to follow erratic courses worthy of the sharemarket. Even blue chip stock, like Lawson and White, can plumb the depths, and the host of colonial authors, who once enjoyed broad support but are now no…1 October 1995
- Review of The Devil and James McAuley, by Cassandra Pybus.
In the introduction to this book, Cassandra Pybus disarmingly exhibits her qualifications for sounding off about James McAuley's heart and mind, and for imagining how he might have covertly operated in sex and politics:
I saw James McAuley only once…1 May 2000
- Person, Persona and Product: Henry Kendall and ‘Steele Rudd’
Arthur Hoey Davis, a diffident twenty-six-year-old clerk, invented 'Steele Rudd' in 1894 as the nom de plume for a rowing column. The pseudonym grew, like the Beanstalk and Pinocchio's nose rolled into one, into a persona over which its author…1 May 1996
- Review of Rolf Boldrewood: A Life, by Paul de Serville.
This is a fascinating subject for a biography. Thomas Browne was author of one of the best-known Australian novels of the nineteenth century, Robbery under Arms, a book that celebrates bushrangers Dick and Jim Marsdon, and their charismatic, aristocratic…1 October 2003
- Review of Christina Stead: A Biography, by Hazel Rowley.
Hazel Rowley's biography of Christina Stead has generated very divergent responses in its early reviews. Michael Wilding in the Australian Book Review (152, July 1993) complains that Rowley 'utterly fails to see the significance of Stead's aesthetic. She is limited…1 May 1994
- Arthur Hoey Davis and Several ‘Steele Rudds’: Imagining the Pseudonymous Author
Fotheringham explores the cultural and private appropriation of the name, “Steele Rudd”, and examines the implications for understanding the concept of authorship in relation to interpretations of On Our Selection in its various forms.1 May 1990
- ‘One of Them Kinds of Kids’ : The Lives of Les Murray
AS the author of three previous literary biographies: that of an over- excitable South African poet, later fascist and anti-semite; of a talented South African boy who transforms himself into a cool, homosexual, London literary man; and of an irascible…1 May 2002
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