Jill Ker ConwayJill Ker Conwayi(A13146 works by)(birth name: JillKer)
Jill Ker Conway; Jill Kathryn Ker Conway)
Also writes as: Clare Munnings Born:Established:9 Oct 1934Hillston,Hillston area,Far West NSW,New South Wales,;Died:Ceased:1 Jun 2018Boston,Massachusetts,
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The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature (OUP, 1993) called Conway's autobiography The Road from Coorain 'a revealing account of the difficulties faced by Australian women of Conway's generation ... [the book] is also a valuable sociological representation of life in outback Australia and post-war [World War II] Sydney'. Her autobiography shows the reasons behind Conway's leaving Australia.
Conway completed a doctorate in history at Harvard and taught in Canada and the USA. In 1975 she became the first woman president of Smith College, Massachusetts. Conway also served on company boards and as a company director. She has published several books on the historical experience of American women and has written murder mysteries under the name Clare Munnings with Elizabeth Topham Kennan.
'One women's journey from a childhood in Australia's outback to adulthood as a successful American career woman. The Road From Coorain is about Everywoman, for it is about childhood loneliness, anguished parent-child relationships, dawning sensibility, discovering a vocation, and finding one's own sense of self.' (Source: Bunch of Grape Bookstore website)