Yarn Spinners: A Story in Letters

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Univ. of Queensland Press, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 441 pages
These letters tell a story of devotion- to friendship, to politics, to writing, to intellectual endeavour. The commitment of Dymphna Cusack, Florence James and Miles Franklin to a distinctively Australian literary voice is matched only by their determination to portray 'women as we know them. Thinking, working, loving, desiring . . . full of longing for the wider horizons'. This may seem a tame goal now, but it was a revolutionary one then; for the whole twenty-seven-year period covered by this volume, Australian literature languished in the shadow of England. Though all very different personalities, these three writers shared an intelligence, wit and passion that - along with the intersection and occasional collision of their public and private lives - make these letters a compelling and moving narrative of the writing life. - Debra Adelaide
 

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Contents

Witty Collaboration by Telephone
35
Pinegrove 19451947
61
19471949
127
19501955
249
The Legacy of Three Women Writers 3 73
373
Chronology
379
Biographical Notes
398
Sources
421
Acknowledgments
428
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