Untold Stories – The Lives of Judith Wright and Dymphna Clark – SOLD OUT!
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Poet and activist Judith Wright and Dymphna Clark, wife of Manning Clark, were friends and correspondents but they led very different lives. Authors Georgina Arnott (The Unknown Judith Wright) and Judith Armstrong (Dymphna) talk to Stuart Kells and delve behind the public personas to tell the untold stories of two remarkable women.
The Unknown Judith Wright
Judith Wright (1915–2000) remains a giant figure within Australian art, culture and politics. Her 1946 collection of poetry, The Moving Image, revolutionised Australian poetry. She helped to establish the modern Australian environmental movement and was a key player in early campaigns for Aboriginal land rights. A friend and confidante of artists, writers, scholars, activists and policy makers – she remains an inspiration to many. And yet, as Georgina Arnott is able to show in this major new work, the biographical picture we have had of this renowned poet-activist has been very much a partial one. This book presents a more human figure than we have previously seen, and concentrates on Wright’s younger years. New material allows us to hear, directly, thrillingly, the feisty voice of a young Judith Wright and forces us to reconsider the woman we thought we knew.
Dymphna Lodewyckx was a brilliant linguist who easily won prizes and scholarships but cannot be said to have pursued a career; instead, she married Manning Clark, who earned great fame as an Australian historian. Occasional translations and classes gave Dymphna much pleasure and some pride, but they were not her priority. How could they be, when she was her husband’s constant research assistant and unofficial editor, as well as the mother of their six children? This was clearly her choice. Wasn’t it?
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