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Dymphna Cusack Dymphna Cusack i(A2803 works by) (a.k.a. Ellen Dymphna Cusack)
Also writes as: Atalanta
Born: Established: 21 Sep 1902 Wyalong, West Wyalong area, Central West NSW, New South Wales, ; Died: Ceased: 19 Oct 1981 Sydney, New South Wales,
Gender: Female
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1 From : Come in Spinner Dymphna Cusack , Florence James , 2009 extract novel (Come in Spinner)
— Appears in: Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature 2009; (p. 496-500)
1 14 y separately published work icon Yarn Spinners : A Story in Letters : Dymphna Cusack, Florence James, Miles Franklin Dymphna Cusack , Miles Franklin , Florence James , Marilla North (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2001 Z899867 2001 anthology correspondence biography From the correspondence between Cusack, James and Franklin across the years 1928 to the death of Franklin in 1954, Yarn Spinners: A Story in Letters has been shaped by a process of selection, editing, weaving and providing narrative links in order to develop a continuous narrative of the friendship, collaborations and inter-related lives of these three Australian women writers. The Prologue gives a biographical overview of each of their lives. Each of the five narrative Parts is briefly prefaced with its socio-historical context.

Part I:1928-1935 sets up the Cusack-James relationship as they write to each other as young women graduates: Cusack is teaching in remote rural NSW schools whilst James does the Grand Tour of Europe, finally settling down in London where she marries in 1933.

Part II :1938-39 establishes the friendship of Cusack and Franklin which develops during their collaboration on the scandalous sesqui-centennial satire Pioneers on Parade. In Part III:1945-47, Cusack and James, both burnt out at the end of WWII, set up a writing retreat in the Blue Mountains and collaborate on their prizewinning bestseller expose of wartime Sydney, Come In Spinner.

In Part IV: 1947-49, James returns to London and Cusack follows through the revisions demanded by the Daily Telegraph before they will award the thousand pounds prize money. Cusack is also researching her "tuberculosis novel" Say No To Death. All That Swagger is published by Angus & Robertson whilst Franklin endures her nephew's war neurosis and makes her final Will, providing for an annual [Miles] Franklin Award. In mid-1949 Cusack leaves for Europe.

In Part V:1950-55 the Cusack-Franklin-James friendships are now essentially carried through their correspondence; Come In Spinner is published to press acclaim in London, with Cusack's Say No To Death, Southern Steel and Caddie following in quick succession. Angus & Robertson finally began publishing the "Brent of Bin Bin" series. James, now divorced, rearing two daughters, begins work with London publisher Constable & Co as a reader and talent scout for Australian writers. Franklin and Cusack's friendship provides the emotional fulcrum for this final Part.

The Chronology (1879-2001) provides the facts of the lives and works; the Biographical Notes provide an inventory of most of the cast of characters who appear in the letters.

1 Sunday VI Dymphna Cusack , Florence James , 2000 extract novel (Come in Spinner)
— Appears in: In the Gutter... Looking at the Stars : A Literary Adventure through Kings Cross 2000; (p. 107-113)
1 Leningrad (from Holidays Among the Russians) Dymphna Cusack , 1994 extract travel (Holidays Among the Russians)
— Appears in: Changing Places : Australian Writers in Europe 1960s-1990s 1994; (p. 226-228)
1 [Untitled] (from Come in Spinner) Dymphna Cusack , Florence James , 1991 single work novel extract
— Appears in: The Language of Love : An Anthology of Australian Love Letters, Poetry and Prose 1991; (p. 118-120)
1 9 y separately published work icon A Window in the Dark Dymphna Cusack , Debra Adelaide (editor), Canberra : National Library of Australia , 1991 Z573357 1991 single work prose autobiography biography
1 y separately published work icon Zharkoe leto v Berlie [and] Solnetise-ceto eshche ne vse Dymphna Cusack , ( trans. Irina Golovnya et. al.agent )expression Moscow : Pravda , 1990 Z912532 1990 selected work novel
1 Doing the Gentlemanly Thing (from Come in Spinner) Dymphna Cusack , Florence James , 1989 extract
— Appears in: On All Fronts : Australian Stories of World War II 1989; (p. 210-222)
1 Untitled Dymphna Cusack , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: Bowyang : Work on Changing Australia , April/May no. 5 1981; (p. 46)

— Review of The Cut-Rate Kingdom Thomas Keneally , 1980 single work novel
1 From : An Autobiography That I Shall Never Write Dymphna Cusack , 1980 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 6 no. 2 1980; (p. 84-87)
1 The 'Cultural Cringe' in Australian Universities' Study of Australian Literature Dymphna Cusack , 1979 single work
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , vol. 1 no. 5 1979; (p. 79-83)
1 A Pioneer in Modernist Technique Dymphna Cusack , 1977 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25 June 1977; (p. 16)

— Review of Eleanor Dark A. Grove Day , 1976 single work criticism biography
1 A Window in the Dark Dymphna Cusack , 1976 extract prose (A Window in the Dark)
— Appears in: The Nepean Review , no. 2 1976; (p. 53-66)
1 The Christmas Tree Dymphna Cusack , 1976 single work short story
— Appears in: The Tracks We Travel : Fourth Collection 1976; (p. 19-23)
1 1 y separately published work icon Dymphna Norman Freehill , Dymphna Cusack , Melbourne : Nelson , 1975 Z43469 1975 single work biography
1 Vale Eugenie Dombrouskaia Dymphna Cusack , 1974 single work obituary
— Appears in: Australian Author , vol. 6 no. 1 1974; (p. 32)
1 The Writer and the Book in Australia Dymphna Cusack , 1974 single work
— Appears in: Australian Author , vol. 6 no. 3 1974; (p. 5-8)
1 Caddie's Heirs Dymphna Cusack , 1973 single work
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9 March 1973, 6 1973;
1 A View from East of the Wall Dymphna Cusack , 1971 single work
— Appears in: The Australian , 5 June 1971;
1 4 y separately published work icon A Bough in Hell Dymphna Cusack , London : Heinemann , 1971 Z41081 1971 single work novel