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'Christina Stead's relationship with the Communist Party is still the subject of considerable debate. According to her most authoritative biographer, Stead's creative passions were kindled by personalities, not politics, and she had no desire to join the party. Her 'commitment', Hazel Rowley asserts, 'was to her writing, not politics' (Rowley, 1993: 254), as if the two were distinct and separate spheres; and certainly there are lengthy complaints in Stead's letters about party-hacks and their blinkered actions.' (p 17)

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