y Wild Card : An Autobiography, 1923-1958 single work   autobiography  
  • Author: Dorothy Hewett http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/hewett-dorothy
Issue Details: First known date: 1990 1990
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Notes

    • Dedication: To Hal Porter, whose idea it was, and to Merve Lilley, who helped me carry it out
    • Epigraph: 'What does it matter if you do not believe me? The future will surely come. Just a little while and you will see for yourself." - Aeschylus, The Orestia

  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: McPhee Gribble , 1990 .
      Extent: 278p.
      Description: illus., ports.
      ISBN: 0869142445
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Virago , 1990 .
      Extent: 278p.
      Description: illus., ports.
      ISBN: 1853811432 (pbk)
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2001 .
      Extent: 278p.
      Description: illus., ports.
      ISBN: 0141001372
    • Crawley, Inner Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: UWA Publishing , 2012 .
      Extent: 288p.
      Note/s:
      • Republished for a new generation of readers; release date May 2012.
      ISBN: 9781742583952

Works about this Work

'In Loneliness and Hardship and With Just a Touch of Pride' Dougal McNeill , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , January 2013;

— Review of Wild Card : An Autobiography, 1923-1958 Dorothy Hewett 1990 single work autobiography
Leaving the Party : Dorothy Hewett, Literary Politics and the Long 1960s Fiona Morrison , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 72 no. 1 2012; (p. 36-50)
'What political, cultural and rhetorical changes occurred between the publication of Dorothy Hewett's nostalgic essay on Kylie Tenant in Westerly in late 1960 (Hewett, "How Beautiful Upon the Mountains") and her strikingly negative literary obituary of Katherine Susannah Prichard in Overland in late 1969 (Hewett, "Excess of Love: The Irrecon - cilable in Katherine Susannah Prichard")? The first of these essays offered a forthright series of criticisms about Tenant's interest in stylistic experimentation and the decline of her rather more interesting socialist realism. The second essay delivered an equally forthright assessment of Prichard, Hewett's much-loved fellow West Australian woman writer and Communist, strongly condemning her deforming and persistent allegiance to the Communist Party in Australia and the Soviet Union and the socialist realist aesthetics mandated by them. Separated by only nine years, these two pieces of non-fiction present the contradictory literary and political positions that book-end Hewett's turbulent and productive Cold War 1960s, and indicate the nature and importance of the repudiation of Prichard as a springboard for Hewett's writing in the 1970s. Approached chronologically, Hewett's essays of the 1960s demonstrate the imbrication of politics and literary aesthetics in her work. Initially reproducing the partisan contours of the relationship between politics and literature familiar from the Left cultural debates of the 1930s, Hewett finds increasingly different answers for this debate's foundational questions about the function of art, the role of the socially engaged artist, the importance of realism and what to do or think about modernism.' (Author's abstract)
Hollows of the Heart Bernadette Brennan , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 344 2012; (p. 12-13)

— Review of Wild Card : An Autobiography, 1923-1958 Dorothy Hewett 1990 single work autobiography
Dorothy Hewett's Paths to the Chapel Perilous Susan Sheridan , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , July vol. 54 no. 1 2009; (p. 170-188)
Discusses Dorothy Hewett's transition from a Communist writer in the 1960s to a dramatist recognised as a feminist in the 1970s.
Lust for Life Helen Elliott , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Limelight , January 2005; (p. 55)

— Review of Wild Card : An Autobiography, 1923-1958 Dorothy Hewett 1990 single work autobiography
Some Dynamics of Literary Placemaking : An Australian Perspective Bruce Bennett , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: ISLE : Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment , Summer vol. 10 no. 2 2003; (p. 97-109) Homing In : Essays on Australian Literature and Selfhood 2006; (p. 231-241; notes 279-280)
Dorothy Hewett's Faith in Doubt Carmel MacDonald-Grahame , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 20 no. 1 2001; (p. 49-61)
Uses feminist theories and concepts of the feminine sublime to investigate Dorothy Hewett's writing (particularly her poetry) and her development as a writer, concentrating on the attitudes expressed in her declarations of doubt about self and writing.
Four Welcome Reissues Laurie Clancy , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June no. 231 2001; (p. 58-59)

— Review of Wild Card : An Autobiography, 1923-1958 Dorothy Hewett 1990 single work autobiography ; The House That Was Eureka Nadia Wheatley 1984 single work novel
Not to be Trusted : Communism, Feminism and Creativity Zora Simic , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Altitude , March vol. 1 no. 1 2000;
Discusses the pressures and conflicts suffered by Devanny and Hewett as women writers involved in the Communist Party of Australia and the effect on their creative work of abiding to its sexual and political orthodoxies.
Fast Mind Slow Body Jane Sullivan , 2000 single work biography
— Appears in: The Age , 29 January 2000; (p. 7)
Asking for More : The Impact of Dorothy Hewett Nicole Moore (interviewer), 1998 single work interview
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 153 1998; (p. 26-31) Jacket , October no. 9 1999;
The Dream Girl's Garden - Dorothy Hewett Edward Hills , 1997 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 19 no. 1 1997; (p. 7-16)
Creative Acts: Archives, Artifacts and Australian Women's Autobiographies Christine McPaul , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 17 no. 3 1996; (p. 304-309)
Analyses in detail donations made under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme to the National Library of Australia by Morgan, Modjeska and Hewett.
Making the Self : Myth, History and the Body in Dorothy Hewett's Poetry Rose Lucas , Lyn McCredden , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Bridgings : Readings in Australian Women's Poetry 1996; (p. 68-81)
Exposing the Body in the Autobiographical 'Self': Dorothy Hewett Plays Her 'Wild Card' Ross Farnell , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Colloquy : Text, Theory, Criticism , no. 1 1996; (p. 12-19)
It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To : Recent Autobiographical Writings of Australian Women Communists Ian Syson , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 22 no. 2 1996; (p. 144-153)
Dorothy Hewett's Garden and City Bruce Bennett , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Dorothy Hewett : Selected Critical Essays 1995; (p. 19-31) Homing In : Essays on Australian Literature and Selfhood 2006; (p. 61-70) The AustLit Anthology of Criticism 2010; (p. 24)
Seeking Woman: Dorothy Hewett's Shifting Genres Susan Lever , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Dorothy Hewett : Selected Critical Essays 1995; (p. 147-162)
'Me is Not a Stable Reality' : Dorothy Hewett Marie-Louise Ayres , 1994 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: 'Me is Not a Stable Reality' : Negotiations of Identity in the Poetry of Dorothy Auchterlonie, Rosemary Dobson, Dorothy Hewett and J.S. Harry 1994; (p. 189-245)
Other People's Lives Susan Powell , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: National Library of Australia News , January vol. 2 no. 4 1992; (p. 7-10)
Summer Reading Rod Moran , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Review , December and vol. 6 no. 1 January vol. 5 no. 12 1991; (p. 10-11)

— Review of Wild Card : An Autobiography, 1923-1958 Dorothy Hewett 1990 single work autobiography ; The Quest for Grace Manning Clark 1990 single work autobiography ; Cabin Fever Elizabeth Jolley 1990 single work novel ; The Bluebird Cafe Carmel Bird 1990 single work novel ; Florid States Rod Usher 1990 single work novel ; God in the Afternoon : Selected Poetry and Fiction of Griffith Watkins Griffith Wynne Watkins 1990 selected work poetry short story ; Miss Gymkhana, R. G. Menzies and Me : small town life in the fifties Kathy Skelton 1990 single work autobiography
Lust for Life Helen Elliott , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Limelight , January 2005; (p. 55)

— Review of Wild Card : An Autobiography, 1923-1958 Dorothy Hewett 1990 single work autobiography
Hollows of the Heart Bernadette Brennan , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 344 2012; (p. 12-13)

— Review of Wild Card : An Autobiography, 1923-1958 Dorothy Hewett 1990 single work autobiography
Wild Bunch of Tall Poppies Edmund Campion , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 2 October vol. 112 no. 5739 1990; (p. 112)

— Review of Against Time and Place Elizabeth Backhouse 1990 single work novel ; Miss Gymkhana, R. G. Menzies and Me : small town life in the fifties Kathy Skelton 1990 single work autobiography ; Poppy Drusilla Modjeska 1990 single work novel ; Wild Card : An Autobiography, 1923-1958 Dorothy Hewett 1990 single work autobiography
Paperbacks Penelope Nelson , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 22-23 December 1990; (p. rev 5)

— Review of My Gorgeous Life : An Adventure Dame Edna Everage 1989 single work autobiography ; Wild Card : An Autobiography, 1923-1958 Dorothy Hewett 1990 single work autobiography
Australian Herstories Make a Debut Nan Bowman Albinski , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 5 no. 2 1991; (p. 121-123)

— Review of Stories of Herself When Young : Autobiographies of Childhood by Australian Women 1990 single work biography ; Wild Card : An Autobiography, 1923-1958 Dorothy Hewett 1990 single work autobiography ; The Road from Coorain Jill Ker Conway 1989 single work autobiography
Review Carole Ferrier , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Historical Studies , October vol. 25 no. 99 1992; (p. 354-355)

— Review of Stories of Herself When Young : Autobiographies of Childhood by Australian Women 1990 single work biography ; Wild Card : An Autobiography, 1923-1958 Dorothy Hewett 1990 single work autobiography
Gambling with Life Carol Treloar , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 4 August 1990; (p. 14)

— Review of Wild Card : An Autobiography, 1923-1958 Dorothy Hewett 1990 single work autobiography
Swept Up and Enthralled Judith Brett , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Society , September vol. 9 no. 9 1990; (p. 37)

— Review of Wild Card : An Autobiography, 1923-1958 Dorothy Hewett 1990 single work autobiography
Heady Life on the Edge Mollie Missen , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 11 August 1990; (p. 10)

— Review of Wild Card : An Autobiography, 1923-1958 Dorothy Hewett 1990 single work autobiography
Portrait of a Bourgeois Girl as Fanatical Idealist Helen Musa , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 8 September 1990; (p. B8)

— Review of Wild Card : An Autobiography, 1923-1958 Dorothy Hewett 1990 single work autobiography
The Passion of Those Heady Years Chris Wallace-Crabbe , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 125 1990; (p. 43)

— Review of Wild Card : An Autobiography, 1923-1958 Dorothy Hewett 1990 single work autobiography
A Generous Commitment Lyn McCredden , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , December vol. 2 no. 4 1990; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Wild Card : An Autobiography, 1923-1958 Dorothy Hewett 1990 single work autobiography
Wild Card - Two Views Carmen Lawrence , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , December vol. 35 no. 4 1990; (p. 102-105)

— Review of Wild Card : An Autobiography, 1923-1958 Dorothy Hewett 1990 single work autobiography
Wild Card - Two Views Justina Williams , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , December vol. 35 no. 4 1990; (p. 102-105)

— Review of Wild Card : An Autobiography, 1923-1958 Dorothy Hewett 1990 single work autobiography
Life Games Jenny Palmer , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , March vol. 51 no. 1 1991; (p. 176-182)

— Review of Wild Card : An Autobiography, 1923-1958 Dorothy Hewett 1990 single work autobiography
Passion, Poetry, Politics June M. Hearn , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 122 1991; (p. 64-65)

— Review of Wild Card : An Autobiography, 1923-1958 Dorothy Hewett 1990 single work autobiography
Dorothy Did it All Clive Newman , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Top Shelf : Supplement to Australian Book Review 1991; (p. 8)

— Review of Wild Card : An Autobiography, 1923-1958 Dorothy Hewett 1990 single work autobiography
Four Welcome Reissues Laurie Clancy , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June no. 231 2001; (p. 58-59)

— Review of Wild Card : An Autobiography, 1923-1958 Dorothy Hewett 1990 single work autobiography ; The House That Was Eureka Nadia Wheatley 1984 single work novel
'In Loneliness and Hardship and With Just a Touch of Pride' Dougal McNeill , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , January 2013;

— Review of Wild Card : An Autobiography, 1923-1958 Dorothy Hewett 1990 single work autobiography
y Wild Card [music] : The Dorothy Hewett Song Cycle : For Soprano, Cello and Piano Moya Henderson (composer), Sydney : Sounds Australian , 1991 Z1004407 1991 single work lyric/song
Not to be Trusted : Communism, Feminism and Creativity Zora Simic , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Altitude , March vol. 1 no. 1 2000;
Discusses the pressures and conflicts suffered by Devanny and Hewett as women writers involved in the Communist Party of Australia and the effect on their creative work of abiding to its sexual and political orthodoxies.
Some Dynamics of Literary Placemaking : An Australian Perspective Bruce Bennett , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: ISLE : Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment , Summer vol. 10 no. 2 2003; (p. 97-109) Homing In : Essays on Australian Literature and Selfhood 2006; (p. 231-241; notes 279-280)
Dorothy Hewett's Paths to the Chapel Perilous Susan Sheridan , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , July vol. 54 no. 1 2009; (p. 170-188)
Discusses Dorothy Hewett's transition from a Communist writer in the 1960s to a dramatist recognised as a feminist in the 1970s.
Leaving the Party : Dorothy Hewett, Literary Politics and the Long 1960s Fiona Morrison , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 72 no. 1 2012; (p. 36-50)
'What political, cultural and rhetorical changes occurred between the publication of Dorothy Hewett's nostalgic essay on Kylie Tenant in Westerly in late 1960 (Hewett, "How Beautiful Upon the Mountains") and her strikingly negative literary obituary of Katherine Susannah Prichard in Overland in late 1969 (Hewett, "Excess of Love: The Irrecon - cilable in Katherine Susannah Prichard")? The first of these essays offered a forthright series of criticisms about Tenant's interest in stylistic experimentation and the decline of her rather more interesting socialist realism. The second essay delivered an equally forthright assessment of Prichard, Hewett's much-loved fellow West Australian woman writer and Communist, strongly condemning her deforming and persistent allegiance to the Communist Party in Australia and the Soviet Union and the socialist realist aesthetics mandated by them. Separated by only nine years, these two pieces of non-fiction present the contradictory literary and political positions that book-end Hewett's turbulent and productive Cold War 1960s, and indicate the nature and importance of the repudiation of Prichard as a springboard for Hewett's writing in the 1970s. Approached chronologically, Hewett's essays of the 1960s demonstrate the imbrication of politics and literary aesthetics in her work. Initially reproducing the partisan contours of the relationship between politics and literature familiar from the Left cultural debates of the 1930s, Hewett finds increasingly different answers for this debate's foundational questions about the function of art, the role of the socially engaged artist, the importance of realism and what to do or think about modernism.' (Author's abstract)
Other People's Lives Susan Powell , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: National Library of Australia News , January vol. 2 no. 4 1992; (p. 7-10)
Wild Life Susan Chenery , 1992 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 27 October vol. 114 no. 5843 1992; (p. 38-39)
Fast Mind Slow Body Jane Sullivan , 2000 single work biography
— Appears in: The Age , 29 January 2000; (p. 7)
Asking for More : The Impact of Dorothy Hewett Nicole Moore (interviewer), 1998 single work interview
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 153 1998; (p. 26-31) Jacket , October no. 9 1999;
Creative Acts: Archives, Artifacts and Australian Women's Autobiographies Christine McPaul , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 17 no. 3 1996; (p. 304-309)
Analyses in detail donations made under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme to the National Library of Australia by Morgan, Modjeska and Hewett.
'Me is Not a Stable Reality' : Dorothy Hewett Marie-Louise Ayres , 1994 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: 'Me is Not a Stable Reality' : Negotiations of Identity in the Poetry of Dorothy Auchterlonie, Rosemary Dobson, Dorothy Hewett and J.S. Harry 1994; (p. 189-245)
Dorothy Hewett's Garden and City Bruce Bennett , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Dorothy Hewett : Selected Critical Essays 1995; (p. 19-31) Homing In : Essays on Australian Literature and Selfhood 2006; (p. 61-70) The AustLit Anthology of Criticism 2010; (p. 24)
Seeking Woman: Dorothy Hewett's Shifting Genres Susan Lever , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Dorothy Hewett : Selected Critical Essays 1995; (p. 147-162)
Confessions From a Woman of Passion Craig McGregor , 1990 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21 July 1990; (p. 65)
The Dream Girl's Garden - Dorothy Hewett Edward Hills , 1997 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 19 no. 1 1997; (p. 7-16)
A Life Worth Recording Patricia Rolfe , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 7 August vol. 112 no. 5730 1990; (p. 104)
Recent Australian Autobiography: A Review Essay Gillian Whitlock , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 15 no. 4 1992; (p. 261-269)
Confessions of a Life Lived to the Hilt Deborah Bogle (interviewer), 1990 single work interview
— Appears in: The Australian , 2 August 1990; (p. 3)
Hewett Work Comes Into its Own Candida Baker (interviewer), 1990 single work criticism interview
— Appears in: The Age , 27 July 1990; (p. 14)
Foreword [28-29 July 1990] Elizabeth Swanson , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 28-29 July 1990; (p. rev 6)
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