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Issue Details: First known date: 1959... 1959 The Generations of Men
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'A beautifully written family history from Australia's best known poet. Judith Wright writes much more than a biography of her forebears in The Generations of Men. She has achieved a lyrical chronicle of an era in the life of a nation. In her elegant, subtle prose, Wright brings to life the hopes and aspirations of Australia's nineteenth-century migrants.'

-Note from 1995 edition.

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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. ...'
On the Frontier : The Intriguing Dance of History and Fiction Tom Griffiths , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Conversation , 10 June 2015; Writing History 2015;
'This article is the second in a series examining the links, problems and dynamics of writing, recording and recreating history, whether in fiction or non-fiction.'
The Intriguing Dance of History and Fiction Tom Griffiths , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT Special Issue Website Series , April no. 28 2015;
'In this essay I explore the common ground of history and fiction, suggesting that they are a tag team, sometimes taking turns, sometimes working in tandem, to deepen our understanding and extend our imagination. But I also argue that there are times when the distinction between them is vital, and that it is incumbent on historians – on those who choose at certain moments to write history – to insist and reflect on the difference. I hope to create a context in which such explanations will not be misinterpreted as defending territory. In the course of the essay I refer to historians who write fiction and novelists who write history, and I draw especially on the work of the novelists Eleanor Dark and Kate Grenville, poet and historian Judith Wright, and the historians Inga Clendinnen, Grace Karskens and Ross Gibson.' (Publication summary)
Masterless Men in a Masterful Land : Judith Wright’s Generation of Men Devaleena Das , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities , vol. 2 no. 2 2010; (p. 145-153)
'Judith Wright in Generations of Men reconstructs her past generations and their resilient struggle to master the alien landscape with all its traumas, pain and struggle in order to transform it to a 'place'. This paper tries to locate Wright's passionate attempt in this book to see the unique landscape of Australia as linked inextricably to the erosion, endurance and struggles of the mindscape of humanity, and to see how the landscape inheres the alterities of the spatial/cultural binarism. In this landscape a Protean mystery dies with the death of the black aboriginals but is once more reborn in the poet's mnemonic homage. The paper tries to establish Wright as being above the category of a mere environmentalist, and argues for her poetics as a humanist celebration of Australia as a landscape of cornucopia as well as a problematization of the spatial dimensions of oppression and denial unacknowledged in a history of national reconciliation.' (Author's abstract).
Judith Wright : The Basis of Our Nation? Helen Garner , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Well in the Shadow : A Writer's Journey through Australian Literature 2010; (p. 44-59)
Saga of Australian Family 1959 single work review
— Appears in: The Cairns Post , 24 March 1959; (p. 5)

— Review of The Generations of Men Judith Wright , 1959 single work prose
Women to the Front David Martin , 1959 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 15 1959; (p. 47-48)

— Review of February Dark : A Novel Anne von Bertouch , 1959 single work novel ; The Generations of Men Judith Wright , 1959 single work prose ; Morning in Queensland Margaret Trist , 1958 single work novel
[Review] The Generations of Men [and] Cock Crow Ronald McCuaig , 1965 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 11 September 1965; (p. 11)

— Review of Cock Crow : Poems Rosemary Dobson , 1965 selected work poetry ; The Generations of Men Judith Wright , 1959 single work prose
[Review] The Generations of Men P. F. Bourke , 1959 single work review
— Appears in: Twentieth Century , vol. 14 no. 1959; (p. 81-82)

— Review of The Generations of Men Judith Wright , 1959 single work prose
[Review] The Generations of Men Manning Clark , 1959 single work review
— Appears in: Historical Studies Australia and New Zealand , vol. 9 no. 1959; (p. 105-106)

— Review of The Generations of Men Judith Wright , 1959 single work prose
La Storia dell'Australia Moderna Attraverso Vicissitudini e Successi di Una Famiglia de Propiretari Terrieri : 'The Generations of Men' di Judith Wright Paola Bottalla , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Annali di Ca' Foscari : Rivista della Facolta di Lingue e Letterature Straniere dell'Universita di Venezia , vol. 42 no. 4 2003; (p. 47-66)
Truth and Fiction: Judith Wright as Historian Tom Griffiths , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 283 2006; (p. 25-30)
Griffiths argues that 'one way that Wright came to reconcile [her two passions of art and activism] was to choose a different kind of art - that of history. Poetry and politics came together to produce disciplined non-fiction.'
y separately published work icon With Love and Fury : Selected Letters of Judith Wright Judith Wright , Patricia Clarke (editor), Meredith McKinney (editor), Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2006 Z1331209 2006 selected work correspondence Judith Wright, the great Australian poet, writer, environmentalist and activist for Aboriginal rights, was a prolific letter writer throughout her long life. Judith's first surviving letter, written as a girl of 10, is already vibrant with both the pleasure in language and the intense responsiveness to the natural world that formed the core of her being and dictated the directions of her life. The collection of letters presented in With Love and Fury serves to remind us of Judith's deep engagement with life, and of her love of the world (and of friends) and the fine fury that lead her to battle so courageously on the world's behalf - those sides of the single passion that shaped both her poetry and her life. (Publisher's website)
y separately published work icon The God-Shaped Hole : Responding to the Good News in Australia Veronica Brady , Adelaide : ATF Press , 2008 Z1533434 2008 selected work criticism This book brings together a selection of Veronica Brady's critical addresses arguing that there are novels and poems that bear witness to the mystery of 'God' or an 'Other' who speaks through others.
Australian Poetry : The Age of Affirmation, 1946-71 Bernard Hickey , 1977 single work criticism
— Appears in: Da Slessor a Dransfield : antologia della poesia Australiana moderna : mito societa' individuo 1977;

— Appears in: Statements 1984; (p. 1-28)
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