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),
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      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
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
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)
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