A Free Flame
Australian Women Writers and Vocation in the Twentieth Century
UWA Publishing 2018
New Books in Arts & LettersNew Books in Australian and New Zealand StudiesNew Books in Gender StudiesNew Books in Literary StudiesNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books Network March 8, 2018 Jason Schulman
In her new book, A Free Flame: Australian Women Writers and Vocation in the Twentieth Century (UWA Publishing, 2018), Ann-Marie Priest, a lecturer at Central Queensland University, explores the literary lives of four Australian women—Gwen Harwood, Dorothy Hewett, Christina Stead, and Ruth Park—who challenged the 20th-century notion of artist as distinctly male. Priest offers biographical and cultural insights into these pioneering women whose urgency to write (their “vocation”) would not be denied.