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Born: Established: 30 Aug 1923 Kiama, Kiama area, Illawarra, South Coast, New South Wales, ; Died: Ceased: 8 Jul 1969 Sydney, New South Wales,
Gender: Female
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1 y separately published work icon Sneaky Little Revolutions : Selected Essays of Charmain Clift Charmian Clift , Nadia Wheatley (editor), Sydney : NewSouth Publishing , 2022 23617329 2022 selected work essay

'‘I know it’s a daring suggestion, but I’ll make it anyway.’

'Charmian Clift was a writer ahead of her time. Lyrical and fearless, her essays seamlessly the personal and the political.

'In 1964, Charmian Clift and her husband George Johnston returned to Australia after living and writing for many years in the cosmopolitan community of artists on the Greek island of Hydra. Back in Sydney, Clift found her opinions were far more progressive than those of many of her fellow Australians.

'This new edition of Charmian Clift’s essays, selected and introduced by her biographer Nadia Wheatley, are drawn from the weekly newspaper column Clift wrote through the turbulent and transformative years of the 1960s. In these ‘sneaky little revolutions’, as Clift once called them, she supported the rights of women and migrants, called for social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, opposed conscription and the war in Vietnam, acknowledged Australia’s role in the Asia-Pacific, fought censorship, called for an Australian film industry — and much more. In doing so, she set a new benchmark for the form of the essay in Australian literature.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 Charmian's World Charmian Clift , 2006 extract column
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 22 April 2006; (p. 88-89)
Extracts from three unidentified columns by Clift first published in the Sydney Morning Herald's Women's Section between 1964 and 1969. The columns discuss, in turn, Alice Springs, parties and summer.
1 The Show Behind the Show Charmian Clift , 2001 single work prose
— Appears in: Charmian Clift : Selected Essays 2001; (p. 152-155)
1 I Shall Not Want Charmian Clift , 2001 single work prose
— Appears in: Charmian Clift : Selected Essays 2001; (p. 337-340)
1 A New Generation of Protestants Charmian Clift , 2001 single work prose
— Appears in: Charmian Clift : Selected Essays 2001; (p. 304-307)
1 3 y separately published work icon Charmian Clift : Selected Essays Charmian Clift , Nadia Wheatley (editor), Pymble : HarperCollins Australia , 2001 Z925681 2001 selected work prose biography
1 2 y separately published work icon Mermaid Singing [and] Peel Me a Lotus Charmian Clift , Pymble : HarperCollins Australia , 2001 Z895247 2001 selected work novel

'For Charmian Clift, Greece was the Promised Land. In 1954 she and her husband, George Johnston, abandoned their sophisticated London existence and set off with two new typewriters and two small children to start a new life.

'In Mermaid Singing - written during the first miraculous year of discovery - she records the family's adaptation to the primitive sponge-diving island of Kalymnos.

'Peel Me a Lotus continues the exploration as Clift and Johnson buy a house on the island of Hydra, in the middle of the summer tourist trail. Clift's writing about Greece was undervalued at the time of first publication, because she wrote from a women's point of view and recorded the intimate details of daily life. It is exactly this quality which enables this classic to appeal to a new generation of readers.' (Publication summary)

1 Three Old Men of Lerici Charmian Clift , 1994 single work short story
— Appears in: The Oxford Book of Australian Short Stories 1994; (p. 166-176)
1 Hydra (from Peel Me a Lotus) Charmian Clift , 1994 extract autobiography (Peel Me a Lotus)
— Appears in: Changing Places : Australian Writers in Europe 1960s-1990s 1994; (p. 5-10)
1 Self Portrait (from Charmian Clift (1923-69) : Sydney, 8th June 1965) Charmian Clift , 1994 extract
— Appears in: Changing Places : Australian Writers in Europe 1960s-1990s 1994; (p. 3-5)
1 Charmian Clift (1923-69) : Sydney, 8th June 1965 Charmian Clift , 1991 single work interview
— Appears in: Self Portraits 1991; (p. 56-63)
1 6 y separately published work icon Being Alone with Oneself Charmian Clift , Nadia Wheatley (editor), North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1991 Z293835 1991 selected work prose
1 On Clean Straw for Nothing Charmian Clift , 1991 single work biography
— Appears in: Being Alone with Oneself 1991; (p. 310-316) Charmian Clift : Selected Essays 2001; (p. 389-396)
1 Anyone for Fish and Chips? Charmian Clift , 1991 single work prose
— Appears in: Being Alone with Oneself 1991; (p. 306-309) Charmian Clift : Selected Essays 2001; (p. 397-400)
1 The Kelly Saga Begins Again Charmian Clift , 1991 single work prose
— Appears in: Being Alone with Oneself 1991; (p. 302-305)
1 Norfold Island (3) Charmian Clift , 1991 single work prose
— Appears in: Being Alone with Oneself 1991; (p. 298-301)
1 Norfolk Island (2) Charmian Clift , 1991 single work prose
— Appears in: Being Alone with Oneself 1991; (p. 293-297)
1 Norfolk Island (1) Charmian Clift , 1991 single work prose
— Appears in: Being Alone with Oneself 1991; (p. 288-292)
1 On Going Trendy and Keeping Up Charmian Clift , 1991 single work prose
— Appears in: Being Alone with Oneself 1991; (p. 284-287)
1 Royal Jelly? Charmian Clift , 1991 single work prose
— Appears in: Being Alone with Oneself 1991; (p. 277-283) Charmian Clift : Selected Essays 2001; (p. 381-388)
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