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Notes

  • Dedication: To Jack McKinney, philosopher (1891-1966)
    who had a way with words
    husband to Judith
    father to Meredith
    father figure to Barbara

    To my mother, Freda Cosgrove
    the dearest of friends and a writer of letters

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Carlton, Parkville - Carlton area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Melbourne University Press , 2007 .
      Extent: 637p.
      Note/s:
      • Includes index
      ISBN: 0522853552 (hbk.), 9780522853551 (hbk.)
      Series: y separately published work icon Miegunyah Press Series : Second Series Miegunyah Press (publisher), 1995- Z1014067 1995- series - publisher In 1995 The Miegunyah Press became a separate imprint of MUP, and its distinctive window logo appears on all books published in the second series. Titles in the second series include a colophon page at the end of the book that lists the book's editor and designer, the typeface used in the text, the paper on which it is printed, the name of the printer and the number of copies printed. (Adapted from the publisher's website: http://www.mup.unimelb.edu.au/Miegunyah.html) Number in series: 88

Works about this Work

Editorial Practice and Epistolarity : Silent and Not So Silent Bryony Cosgrove , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Script & Print , February vol. 39 no. 1 2015; (p. 5-20)
Bryony Crosgrove argues that 'there is a case for both silent and not so silent epistolary editing and that a clear understanding of the intended market for a specific letter collection is crucial to the approach taken.' She further argues that 'both trade and scholarly editors are subject to similar constraints by publishers, and that editors claiming a novel-like structure for a narrative told in the author's voice...' (5)
Friendship in Letters : The Correspondence of Judith Wright and Barbara Blackman Susan Sheridan , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Life Writing , June vol. 8 no. 2 2011; (p. 203217)
'The exchange of letters between the poet Judith Wright and essayist Barbara Blackman extended over 50 years until Wright's death in 2000. It is recorded in a selection of over 300 letters, edited by Bryony Cosgrove, in Portrait of a Friendship (2007). Their correspondence has come to signify their friendship, especially because their circumstances meant that the two women rarely met face to face. The letters are rich with references to the public worlds of art and writing in which they participated (Barbara was married to the eminent painter Charles Blackman), as well as to the domestic terrain that was intensively inhabited by women in the years after the Second World War. Both were cultural activists as well, but while they shared a commitment to the conservation of the natural environment and to Aboriginal culture, Judith threw her energies into political campaigns for conservation and for Aboriginal rights, while Barbara inclined more to Jungian-inspired quietism and educative projects. Their correspondence is unique in that the two creative women were also living with significant physical disabilities: Barbara was blind and Judith deaf. For this reason, their letters prompt reflections on the capacities of certain technologies and social forms of epistolary communication.' Source: The author
Book Notes Christina Twomey , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Historical Studies , September vol. 40 no. 3 2009; (p. 394)

— Review of Portrait of a Friendship : The Letters of Barbara Blackman and Judith Wright 1950-2000 Barbara Blackman , Judith Wright , 2007 selected work correspondence
Untitled Katherine Gallagher , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Reviews in Australian Studies , vol. 3 no. 1 2008;

— Review of With Love and Fury : Judith Wright's Letters Meredith McKinney , 2007 single work criticism ; Portrait of a Friendship : The Letters of Barbara Blackman and Judith Wright 1950-2000 Barbara Blackman , Judith Wright , 2007 selected work correspondence
Looking Out at the Lights : New Poetry Kerry Leves , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 189 2007; (p. 77-79)

— Review of The Passenger Laurie Duggan , 2006 selected work poetry ; Windchimes : Asia in Australian Poetry 2006 anthology poetry ; The War Sonnets Barry Hill , 2006 selected work poetry ; Love in the Place of Rats Paul Hardacre , 2007 selected work poetry ; Jack Judy Johnson , 2006 single work novel ; Portrait of a Friendship : The Letters of Barbara Blackman and Judith Wright 1950-2000 Barbara Blackman , Judith Wright , 2007 selected work correspondence ; Not Finding Wittgenstein J. S. Harry , 2007 selected work poetry
Love, Fury and Friendship 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , March vol. 86 no. 7 2007; (p. 32)

— Review of With Love and Fury : Selected Letters of Judith Wright Judith Wright , 2006 selected work correspondence ; Portrait of a Friendship : The Letters of Barbara Blackman and Judith Wright 1950-2000 Barbara Blackman , Judith Wright , 2007 selected work correspondence
The Poetic and the Prudent Fiona Capp , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 7 April 2007; (p. 20)

— Review of With Love and Fury : Selected Letters of Judith Wright Judith Wright , 2006 selected work correspondence ; Portrait of a Friendship : The Letters of Barbara Blackman and Judith Wright 1950-2000 Barbara Blackman , Judith Wright , 2007 selected work correspondence
Postscript to a Journey of Riches Thomas Shapcott , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14-15 April 2007; (p. 32-33)

— Review of Portrait of a Friendship : The Letters of Barbara Blackman and Judith Wright 1950-2000 Barbara Blackman , Judith Wright , 2007 selected work correspondence
Grand Dames of Literary Legacy Rachel Cunneen , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 21 April 2007; (p. 14-15)

— Review of Portrait of a Friendship : The Letters of Barbara Blackman and Judith Wright 1950-2000 Barbara Blackman , Judith Wright , 2007 selected work correspondence
Correspondence Paints the Times Mary Rose Liverani , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 April 2007; (p. 11)

— Review of Portrait of a Friendship : The Letters of Barbara Blackman and Judith Wright 1950-2000 Barbara Blackman , Judith Wright , 2007 selected work correspondence
Friendship in Letters : The Correspondence of Judith Wright and Barbara Blackman Susan Sheridan , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Life Writing , June vol. 8 no. 2 2011; (p. 203217)
'The exchange of letters between the poet Judith Wright and essayist Barbara Blackman extended over 50 years until Wright's death in 2000. It is recorded in a selection of over 300 letters, edited by Bryony Cosgrove, in Portrait of a Friendship (2007). Their correspondence has come to signify their friendship, especially because their circumstances meant that the two women rarely met face to face. The letters are rich with references to the public worlds of art and writing in which they participated (Barbara was married to the eminent painter Charles Blackman), as well as to the domestic terrain that was intensively inhabited by women in the years after the Second World War. Both were cultural activists as well, but while they shared a commitment to the conservation of the natural environment and to Aboriginal culture, Judith threw her energies into political campaigns for conservation and for Aboriginal rights, while Barbara inclined more to Jungian-inspired quietism and educative projects. Their correspondence is unique in that the two creative women were also living with significant physical disabilities: Barbara was blind and Judith deaf. For this reason, their letters prompt reflections on the capacities of certain technologies and social forms of epistolary communication.' Source: The author
Editorial Practice and Epistolarity : Silent and Not So Silent Bryony Cosgrove , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Script & Print , February vol. 39 no. 1 2015; (p. 5-20)
Bryony Crosgrove argues that 'there is a case for both silent and not so silent epistolary editing and that a clear understanding of the intended market for a specific letter collection is crucial to the approach taken.' She further argues that 'both trade and scholarly editors are subject to similar constraints by publishers, and that editors claiming a novel-like structure for a narrative told in the author's voice...' (5)
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