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l'Judith Wright (1915–2000) remains a giant figure within Australian art, culture and politics. Her 1946 collection of poetry, The Moving Image, revolutionised Australian poetry. She helped to establish the modern Australian environmental movement and was a key player in early campaigns for Aboriginal land rights. A friend and confidante of artists, writers, scholars, activists and policy makers – she remains an inspiration to many. And yet, as Georgina Arnott is able to show in this major new work, the biographical picture we have had of this renowned poet-activist has been very much a partial one.

'This book presents a more human figure than we have previously seen, and concentrates on Wright’s younger years. New material allows us to hear, directly, thrillingly, the feisty voice of a young Judith Wright and forces us to reconsider the woman we thought we knew.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Epigraph:

    It is wise in the young

    to forget the common world

    to be lost in the flesh

    and the light shining there:

    not to listen to the old

    whose tune is fear and care -

    Judith Wright 'Age to Youth' (1963)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crawley, Inner Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: UWA Publishing , 2016 .
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      • Published September 2016
      ISBN: 9781742588216

Works about this Work

The Mystery of Judith Wright Susan Lever , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Inside Story , November 2016;

— Review of The Unknown Judith Wright Georgie Arnott 2016 single work biography
Multiple Tales to Tell : A Diligent Study of Judith Wright Ian Donaldson , 2016 single work review essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 386 2016; (p. 12-13)
'Literary biographers and their intended subjects at times agree and at times disagree about the stories they think should be told. J.D. Salinger and Vladimir Nabokov – the one, fastidious about his privacy, the other, insistent on his version of history – famously took their biographers to court and emerged victorious. Such tussles are settled at times more quietly, through compromise, withholding of copyright, or spoiling tactics of some other kind. Doris Lessing, on learning that no fewer than five different writers were preparing to tell the story of her life, sat down to write a two-volume auto- biography which would serve, so she thought, as a gazumping record of a life about which she knew she knew more than any of her would-be chroniclers. But once she got going she found that her views and opinions had changed disconcertingly over the years, the perspectives of youth giving way to those of old age. Biography, she reflected, was an unstable art, subject always to flux, contingency, and the restless, revisionist movement of time. Her biographers might tell one kind of story about her – or five different kinds – but she too had multiple tales to tell.' (Introduction)
Georgina Arnott : The Unknown Judith Wright Jeannette Delamoir , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , November 2016;

— Review of The Unknown Judith Wright Georgie Arnott 2016 single work biography
Phillip Hall Reviews Judith Wright, Georgina Arnott and Katie Noonan Phillip Hall , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , October no. 55.1 2016;

— Review of Collected Poems 1942-1985 Judith Wright 1994 selected work poetry ; The Unknown Judith Wright Georgie Arnott 2016 single work biography ; With Love and Fury Judith Wright 2016 selected work lyric/song
Absent Wright Taken to Task Felicity Plunkett , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 29-30 October 2016; (p. 22)

— Review of The Unknown Judith Wright Georgie Arnott 2016 single work biography
Absent Wright Taken to Task Felicity Plunkett , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 29-30 October 2016; (p. 22)

— Review of The Unknown Judith Wright Georgie Arnott 2016 single work biography
Phillip Hall Reviews Judith Wright, Georgina Arnott and Katie Noonan Phillip Hall , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , October no. 55.1 2016;

— Review of Collected Poems 1942-1985 Judith Wright 1994 selected work poetry ; The Unknown Judith Wright Georgie Arnott 2016 single work biography ; With Love and Fury Judith Wright 2016 selected work lyric/song
Georgina Arnott : The Unknown Judith Wright Jeannette Delamoir , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , November 2016;

— Review of The Unknown Judith Wright Georgie Arnott 2016 single work biography
The Mystery of Judith Wright Susan Lever , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Inside Story , November 2016;

— Review of The Unknown Judith Wright Georgie Arnott 2016 single work biography
Friday Essay : Judith Wright in a New Light Kevin Brophy , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 28 October 2016;
'Everyone loves Judith Wright. Her poetry was consistently brilliant and stunningly lyrical. She opened Australian eyes in the 1940s to the possibilities of modernism in poetry, she opened our eyes to the engagement poetry can have with philosophical ideas, with history, and with the guilt, racism, pride and violence in that history, she opened our eyes to our landscapes, our flora and fauna. ...'
Multiple Tales to Tell : A Diligent Study of Judith Wright Ian Donaldson , 2016 single work review essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 386 2016; (p. 12-13)
'Literary biographers and their intended subjects at times agree and at times disagree about the stories they think should be told. J.D. Salinger and Vladimir Nabokov – the one, fastidious about his privacy, the other, insistent on his version of history – famously took their biographers to court and emerged victorious. Such tussles are settled at times more quietly, through compromise, withholding of copyright, or spoiling tactics of some other kind. Doris Lessing, on learning that no fewer than five different writers were preparing to tell the story of her life, sat down to write a two-volume auto- biography which would serve, so she thought, as a gazumping record of a life about which she knew she knew more than any of her would-be chroniclers. But once she got going she found that her views and opinions had changed disconcertingly over the years, the perspectives of youth giving way to those of old age. Biography, she reflected, was an unstable art, subject always to flux, contingency, and the restless, revisionist movement of time. Her biographers might tell one kind of story about her – or five different kinds – but she too had multiple tales to tell.' (Introduction)
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