Wild Card

Wild Card

An Autobiography, 1923-1958

eBook - 2012
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Republished for a new generation of readers, this extraordinary autobiography of one of Australia's most celebrated female writers, Dorothy Hewett, traces the personal and political metamorphoses of her first 35 years. After university life, several failed love affairs, an attempted suicide, and a major poetry prize, Dorothy Hewett joined the Australian Communist party in 1945. Four years later, she left her husband and moved to Redfern, Sydney with her lover, a boilermaker. Hers was a life of extremes - the pleasures and purgatories of a woman who has tackled everything placed in her path with a searing honesty, energy, and intellect.

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Australian novelist, poet, and playwright Dorothy Hewett wrote this autobiography when she was 35 years old. Writing in a detailed narrative style so that the book reads like a novel, she describes her childhood, her university education, her early efforts at writing, and her political activism, starting from her membership in the Australian Communist Party at age 22 and her travels to communist China and the Soviet Union. With great honesty, she details her marriage and love affairs, the loss of a child, and her relationship with a volatile fellow activist who was physically and emotionally abusive. The book is illustrated with many b&w historical and personal photos. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Crawley, Western Australia : UWA Publishing, 2012
ISBN: 9781742584317
Characteristics: 1 online resource (394 pages, 16 pages of plates) : illustrations


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