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Judith Wright (a.k.a. Judith McKinney) b. 31 May 1915 d. 25 Jun 2000 (705 works by fr. 1939, 5 works taught in 16 units)

Judith Wright, a fifth generation Australian, was born at Thalgarrah Station, near Armidale, New South Wales. Her ancestors arrived in Australia during the 1820s and 1830s and established several large properties in the Hunter and New England regions. Wright was educated at home and at the New England Girls School in Armidale before attending the University of Sydney between 1934 and 1936. Here she studied philosophy and English literature, and pursued her literary interests, editing the school magazine. After travelling in Europe, she returned to Sydney in 1938 and began secretarial work. By this time she had published a number of poems. During the next five years her poetry appeared regularly in newspapers and periodicals such as the Sydney Morning Herald, the Bulletin and Meanjin Papers.

Between 1943 and 1947 Wright lived in Brisbane, Queensland, and for some time played an unpaid secretarial role for Meanjin Papers. This brought her into contact with a number of writers with whom she remained friends. She also met the self-educated philosopher, Jack McKinney, beginning a personal and intellectual relationship that would have a significant influence on her poetry.

In 1946, Wright published the poetry selection The Moving Image, the first of many publications she would produce over the next fifty years. A diverse range of work followed, including novels, short stories, criticism and anthologies. But her most significant work is found in her twenty-odd volumes of poetry. Her status in Australian literature has been acknowledged by many fellowships, awards and honours which have enabled her to concentrate on her writing. Her commentary on Australian poetry and major Australian poets has enhanced this status. These achievements have been accompanied by her direct involvement in debates on conservation issues and Aboriginal rights.

Judith Wright is widely known for a few frequently anthologised poems from her early publications. Wright's sixty year career shows a consistent exploration of several major themes that reward close reading. Her poetry, as a whole, exhibits a developing philosophical investigation into the relationship between language and cognition. Following the basic premises of Romanticism, much of Wright's poetry attempts to maintain a balance between the image produced by language and the object in nature. This investigation is informed by Wright's experiences of war, birth, death, love and the degradation of the environment by European settlement.

Wright lived for many years at Tamborine Mountain with Jack McKinney (1891-1966) whom she married in 1962. In 1976 she moved with her daughter, Meredith, to Braidwood, New South Wales.

y separately published work icon Judith Wright Jennifer Strauss , South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1995 1995 single work criticism y
Judith Wright Judith Wright , single work criticism
— Appears in: Writing Across the Continent 2008 2008
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y separately published work icon Judith Wright Shirley Walker , Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1981 1981 single work bibliography y
Judith Wright Jim Davidson , single work interview
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 41 no. 3 1982 1982 (p. 321-338)
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y separately published work icon Judith Wright : Selected Poems Judith Wright , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1963 1963 selected work poetry y
y separately published work icon Judith Wright A. D. Hope , Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1975 1975 single work criticism y
y separately published work icon The Unknown Judith Wright Georgina Arnott , Crawley : UWA Publishing , 2016 2016 single work biography y
y separately published work icon Focus on Judith Wright Bill Scott , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1967 1967 single work biography y
Judith Wright Dorothy Green , single work
— Appears in: Walkabout , vol. 18 no. 7 1952 1952 (p. 8-9)
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y separately published work icon Judith Wright Roger McDonald (interviewer), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1974 1974 single work interview y
Writing in a Nuclear Age Judith Wright , ( The Issues : [Judith Wright] ), single work criticism
— Appears in: Imagining the Real : Australian Writing in the Nuclear Age Sydney : ABC Books , 1987 1987 (p. 23-27)
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Judith Wright Veronica Brady , single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Greats Sydney : Heinemann Australia , 2008 2008 (p. 179-181)
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Judith Wright T. J. Kelly , single work
— Appears in: The Focal Word : An Introduction to Poetry Brisbane : Jacaranda Press , 1966 1966 (p. 301-305)
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Judith Wright Max Harris , single work
— Appears in: The Literature of Australia Ringwood : Penguin , 1964 1964 (p. 353-361)
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Judith Wright Arthur Murphy , single work criticism
— Appears in: Contemporary Australian Poets Melbourne : Marunyah Press , 1950 1950 (p. 7-16)
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Judith Wright James McAuley , single work
— Appears in: A Map of Australian Verse : The Twentieth Century Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1975 1975 (p. 160-163)
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Judith Wright Geoff Page , single work criticism
— Appears in: A Reader's Guide to Contemporary Australian Poetry St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1995 1995 (p. 316-319)
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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 2006 selected work correspondence y
Judith Wright Graham Rowlands , single work poetry
— Appears in: Poems Political St Lucia : Makar Press , 1976 1976 (p. 16)
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Judith Wright Ken Goodman , single work poetry
— Appears in: This, That, and Something Else Roleystone : Literary Mouse Press , 1992 1992 (p. 152)
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Judith Wright and Baylebridge Judith Wright , single work correspondence
— Appears in: Quadrant , Spring vol. 5 no. 4 1961 1961 (p. 85-86)
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Judith Wright Ramona Koval (interviewer), single work interview
— Appears in: Tasting Life Twice : Conversations with Remarkable Writers Sydney : ABC Books , 2005 2005 (p. 256-266)
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y separately published work icon Judith Wright : Collected Poems, 1942-1970 Judith Wright , Cremorne : Angus and Robertson , 1971 1971 selected work poetry y
Statements : Judith Wright Judith Wright , single work prose autobiography
— Appears in: Poetry and Gender : Statements and Essays in Australian Women's Poetry and Poetics St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1989 1989 (p. 70-71)
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Wright, Judith Lyn Jacobs , single work biography
— Appears in: Who's Who in Contemporary Women's Writing London : Routledge Taylor & Francis Group , 2000 2000 (p. 348)
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y separately published work icon Judith Wright : verse Judith Wright , Terry Sturm (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1976 1976 single work poetry y
y separately published work icon South of My Days : A Biography of Judith Wright Veronica Brady , Pymble : HarperCollins Australia , 1998 1998 single work biography y
y separately published work icon Judith Wright Reading Her Poetry Judith Wright , Hazel de Berg , Canberra : National Library of Australia , 1959 1959 single work poetry y
Re-Reading Judith Wright John Salter , single work criticism
— Appears in: New Literatures Review , Winter South no. 18 1989 1989 (p. 48-59)
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y separately published work icon Judith Wright : An Appreciation Norman Sims (editor), Hamilton : Outrigger Publishers , 1976 1976 anthology poetry criticism bibliography y
y separately published work icon Judith Wright : A Bibliography Patricia O'Brien , E. Robinson , Adelaide : Libraries Board of South Australia , 1968 1968 single work bibliography y
y separately published work icon Poetry of Judith Wright Barry Spurr , Glebe : Pascal Press , 1995 1995 single work criticism y
Judith Wright Jim Davidson , single work interview
— Appears in: Sideways from the Page : The Meanjin Interviews Sydney : Fontana , 1983 1983 (p. 391-415)
y separately published work icon Judith Wright Reads from Her Own Work Judith Wright , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1973 1973 selected work poetry y
Judith Wright, 1915-2000 single work column obituary
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 4 July vol. 118 no. 6231 2000 2000 (p. 17)
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Writing in a Nuclear Age Judith Wright , ( The Issues : [Judith Wright] ), single work criticism
— Appears in: Going on Talking Springwood : Butterfly Books , 1992 1992 (p. 39-44)
Judith Wright : Corrections to Biographical Errors Judith Wright , single work column autobiography
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 19 no. 4 2000 2000 (p. 438-439)
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Judith Wright and Meanjin John Carmody , single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 255 2003 2003 (p. 4)
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Judith Wright (1915-2000) Veronica Brady , single work biography
— Appears in: Australian Writers, 1915-1950 Detroit : Gale Research Co. , 2002 2002 (p. 416-428)
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Bibliography [Judith Wright] Fryer Memorial Library , single work bibliography
— Appears in: Critical Essays on Judith Wright Brisbane : Jacaranda Press , 1968 1968 (p. 131-144)
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Judith Wright : Interview Graeme Kinross-Smith , single work
— Appears in: Luna , no. 2 1976 1976 (p. 18-26)
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Judith Wright : Interview Graeme Kinross-Smith , single work
— Appears in: Luna , no. 2 1976 1976 (p. 18-26)
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Judith Wright and Silence Paul Kane , single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Poetry : Romanticism and Negativity Press Syndicate of the University of Cambridge , 1996 1996 (p. 156-169, notes 233-235)
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Judith Wright Graham Rowlands , single work poetry
— Appears in: Selected Poems Kent Town : Wakefield Press , 1992 1992 (p. 24)
Judith Wright, 1915-2000 Thomas Shapcott , single work obituary
— Appears in: CRNLE Journal 2000 2000 (p. 171-173)
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Judith Wright - A Tribute Jennifer Strauss , single work obituary
— Appears in: Austral-Asian Encounters : From Literature and Women's Studies to Politics and Tourism New Delhi : Prestige Books , 2003 2003 (p. 30-34)
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To Judith Wright A. D. Hope , single work poetry
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13 November 1965 1965 (p. 20)
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y separately published work icon Portrait of a Friendship : The Letters of Barbara Blackman and Judith Wright 1950-2000 Barbara Blackman , Judith Wright , Bryony Cosgrove (editor), Carlton : Melbourne University Press , 2007 2007 selected work correspondence y
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