Creative Lives: Personal Papers of Australian Writers and Artists

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National Library Australia, 2009 - Artists - 204 pages
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Penelope Hanley delves into the papers of 22 well-known Australian literary and artistic figures and gives us an insight into their creative lives--their feelings and foibles, their fears and triumphs. These writers' and artists' papers are held at the National Library of Australia and contain the stories told in Creative Lives--stories about convict James Tucker's gruesome floggings; Henry Lawson's sporadic imprisonment and alcoholism; Judy Cassab's outwitting of the Nazis; the shock discovery that Patrick White had not destroyed his papers, despite his insistence to the contrary; and the attempted sueing of Thomas Keneally for plagiarism. Creative Lives is generously illustrated with personal photographs, sketches and paintings, diaries and drafts, and cards and letters--neatly typed or scrawled and claret-stained.
 

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Contents

James Tucker
12
Henry Lawson
18
Miles Franklin
25
Henry Handel Richardson
33
Nettie Palmer
34
Xavier Herbert
49
Eleanor Dark
51
Kenneth Slessor
65
Judy Cassab
113
Rosemary Dobson
121
Eric Rolls
137
Dorothy Hewett
145
Kevin Gilbert
153
Thomas Keneally
161
Barbara Hanrahan
169
Mem Fox
177

Christina Stead
73
Betty Roland
81
Kylie Tennant
89
Patrick White
97
Manning Clark
98
End notes
184
Notes on the manuscripts
194
Bibliography
196
Index
199
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