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  • Author:agent Dorothy Porter http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/porter-dorothy
Issue Details: First known date: 2002... 2002 Wild Surmise
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'Alex Leefson is astronomy's glamour girl, in love with the satellite Europa and the equally unreachable Phoebe. Meanwhile, her husband Daniel mourns the demise of his marriage and his life. Full of Dorothy Porter's customary bite and sensuality, Wild Surmise is an engrossing duet between two passionately estranged voices. An intensely moving verse novel of passions and vulnerabilities, love and death.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • A novel in verse form.
  • Dedication: For Andy
  • Epigraph: 'There felt I like some watcher of the skies, When a new planet swims into his ken; or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes, he stared at the Pacific - and all his men loo'd at each other with a wild surmise -' - 'On First Looking into Chapman's Homer.' John Keats
  • Epigraph: 'Behold now, standing before you, the man who has pierced the air and penetrated the sky, wended his way amongst the stars and overpassed the margins of the world. - 'La Cena de le Ceneri.' Giordano Bruni (1548-1600).
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 2002 .
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      Extent: 293p.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • Includes bibliography p. 291-292.
      ISBN: 0330363808
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 2013 .
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      Extent: 289p.
      Note/s:
      • Electronic resource
      ISBN: 9781743298497

Works about this Work

Australia in Three Books Fiona Wright , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 77 no. 1 2018; (p. 24-26)
‘Incomprehensible Wonder’ : Elegiac Expression in Dorothy Porter’s Wild Surmise Autumn Royal , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 16 no. 2 2016;
'This article contends that Dorothy Porter’s verse novel Wild Surmise (2002) is a postmodern elegiac work, which explores the role of unfulfilled desire and mourning. It is through Porter’s paralleled exploration of the ‘incomprehensible wonder’ offered by outer space, alongside the familiarities of domestic life that allow Wild Surmise to explore the grief attached to desire and loss. In order to read Wild Surmise as an elegiac work this paper will predominantly draw from studies of modern and postmodern Anglophone elegies. This approach will allow for a literary-historical account for how the elegiac mode stems from the elegy genre and will reveal how a discussion of elegy conventions may expand upon an understanding of the elegiac mode. This paper is informed by the scholarship of Jahan Ramazani (1994), Karen E. Smythe (1992), David Kennedy (2007) and Tammy Clewell (2009), specifically in relation to their writing of the politics of mourning and consolation within elegiac works. Accordingly, Wild Surmise will be interpreted as a postmodern elegiac work due the ways in which desire, mourning and consolation are depicted throughout the verse novel.' (Publication abstract)
A Glorious Dot in the Universe Andrea Goldsmith , 2012 single work prose
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 3 November 2012; (p. 20-21)
A Pint-Sized Cliff Hardy: Dorothy Porter and the Niche Marketing of Australia Penny Jones , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 18 no. 2 2004; (p. 105-112)
Historic Win is Poetic Justice for Writer Chris Brice , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 1 March 2004; (p. 7)
Inner Sanctum Fiona Giles , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 4 February vol. 121 no. [6358] 2003; (p. 75)

— Review of Wild Surmise Dorothy Porter , 2002 single work novel
Planetary Influences Rose Lucas , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , vol. 14 no. 2 2002;

— Review of Wild Surmise Dorothy Porter , 2002 single work novel
[Review] Wild Surmise Bill Congreve , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Aurealis : Australian Fantasy & Science Fiction , no. 31 2003; (p. 142-143)

— Review of Wild Surmise Dorothy Porter , 2002 single work novel
Always Disappearing David McCooey , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 48 no. 2003; (p. 74-84)

— Review of Mangroves Laurie Duggan , 2003 selected work poetry ; Collected Poems : 1961-2002 Les Murray , 2002 selected work poetry ; Gwen Harwood : Collected Poems 1943-1995 Gwen Harwood , 2003 collected work poetry ; Wild Surmise Dorothy Porter , 2002 single work novel ; A Break in the Weather John Jenkins , 2003 single work novel ; Portrait in Skin Kevin Brophy , 2002 selected work poetry ; The Fall Jordie Albiston , 2003 selected work poetry ; Anything the Landlord Touches Emma Lew , 2002 selected work poetry
Book Reviews Fiona McFarlane , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: State of the Arts , September - November 2002; (p. 106)

— Review of Wild Surmise Dorothy Porter , 2002 single work novel ; Mrs Cook : The Real and Imagined Life of the Captain's Wife Marele Day , 2002 single work novel
Historic Win is Poetic Justice for Writer Chris Brice , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 1 March 2004; (p. 7)
A Pint-Sized Cliff Hardy: Dorothy Porter and the Niche Marketing of Australia Penny Jones , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 18 no. 2 2004; (p. 105-112)
A Glorious Dot in the Universe Andrea Goldsmith , 2012 single work prose
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 3 November 2012; (p. 20-21)
Lust in Space Susan Wyndham , 2002 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12-13 October 2002; (p. 13)
‘Incomprehensible Wonder’ : Elegiac Expression in Dorothy Porter’s Wild Surmise Autumn Royal , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 16 no. 2 2016;
'This article contends that Dorothy Porter’s verse novel Wild Surmise (2002) is a postmodern elegiac work, which explores the role of unfulfilled desire and mourning. It is through Porter’s paralleled exploration of the ‘incomprehensible wonder’ offered by outer space, alongside the familiarities of domestic life that allow Wild Surmise to explore the grief attached to desire and loss. In order to read Wild Surmise as an elegiac work this paper will predominantly draw from studies of modern and postmodern Anglophone elegies. This approach will allow for a literary-historical account for how the elegiac mode stems from the elegy genre and will reveal how a discussion of elegy conventions may expand upon an understanding of the elegiac mode. This paper is informed by the scholarship of Jahan Ramazani (1994), Karen E. Smythe (1992), David Kennedy (2007) and Tammy Clewell (2009), specifically in relation to their writing of the politics of mourning and consolation within elegiac works. Accordingly, Wild Surmise will be interpreted as a postmodern elegiac work due the ways in which desire, mourning and consolation are depicted throughout the verse novel.' (Publication abstract)
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