Eve LangleyEve Langleyi(A19391 works by)
Eve Maria Langley; Oscar Wilde)
Born:Established:1 Sep 1908Forbes,Forbes area,Parkes - Forbes area,Central West NSW,New South Wales,;Died:Ceased: Jun 1974Katoomba,Blue Mountains,Sydney,New South Wales,
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Eve Langley was born at Forbes, New South Wales, in 1908. She was educated in Forbes and later worked at several jobs in Melbourne before accompanying her sister, June, as an itinerant farm labourer during the 1920s. In 1932 she moved to New Zealand and began work on a novel based on her experiences during the 1920s. In 1937 she married artist Hilary Clark. Her novel, The Pea Pickers, shared the S. H. Prior Memorial Prize (run by the Bulletin) in 1940 with two other novels and was published in 1942. But in that year her marriage failed and she was committed to the Auckland Mental Hospital where she remained for seven years. Her children were subsequently placed in orphanages. On her release she worked on another novel, White Topee, which appeared in 1954. That year she also changed her name by deed poll to Oscar Wilde, a figure who played a significant role in her second novel. The manuscript of her third novel 'Wild Australia' was rejected by Angus and Robertson in 1953. Between 1956 and 1960 Langley travelled to Australia and Greece before settling permanently at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. She wrote prolifically during these years, but her work remained unpublished until 1999 when Lucy Frost published an edition of Langley's autobiographical writings entitled Wilde Eve. Eve Langley died alone in her cottage "Iona Lympus" in 1974.
'In The Pea Pickers, a novel based on Eve Langley's own experiences, Steve and Blue are two girls who, dressed as men, are taken on as itinerant workers for the farmers of Gippsland. They pack apples and pick peas. But their disguise is partial - and their quest is for love. For Blue the novel ends in marriage; but not for Steve. For her, desire is never straightforward, and love - for men, for women, for country - leaves her confused, but independent. ' (Publication summary)