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Judith Wright (a.k.a. Judith McKinney) b. 31 May 1915 d. 25 Jun 2000 (706 works by fr. 1939)

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
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 Focus on Judith Wright Bill Scott , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1967 1967 single work biography y
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
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 Judith Wright Shirley Walker , Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1981 1981 single work bibliography 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 Judith Wright Roger McDonald (interviewer), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1974 1974 single work interview y
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 Flame and Shadow : A Study of Judith Wright's Poetry Shirley Walker , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1991 1991 single work criticism y
y separately published work icon The Poetry of Judith Wright : A Search for Unity Shirley Walker , Melbourne : Edward Arnold Australia , 1980 1980 single work criticism y
y separately published work icon Judith Wright : Selected Writings Judith Wright , Georgina Arnott , Carlton : Black Inc. , 2022 2022 selected work essay prose y
y separately published work icon Judith Wright : Collected Poems, 1942-1970 Judith Wright , Cremorne : Angus and Robertson , 1971 1971 selected work poetry 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 Judith Wright Reading Her Poetry Judith Wright , Hazel de Berg , Canberra : National Library of Australia , 1959 1959 single work poetry y
y separately published work icon Critical Essays on Judith Wright A. K. Thomson (editor), Brisbane : Jacaranda Press , 1968 1968 anthology criticism y
form y separately published work icon At 'Edge' with Judith Wright Solrun Hoaas , ( dir. Solrun Hoaas ) ,agent Sydney : Sync-or-Swim Documentaries , 1981 1978 single work film/TV y
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 The Poetry of Judith Wright Emily Bosco , Strathfield : Into English , 2015 2015 single work criticism y
y separately published work icon An Interview with Judith Wright Roger McDonald (interviewer), Sydney : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1975 1975 single work interview y
y separately published work icon Poetry of Judith Wright Barry Spurr , Glebe : Pascal Press , 1995 1995 single work criticism y
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 The Short Stories of Judith Wright Anne Hutton , St Lucia : 1962 1962 single work thesis (Manuscript version)x401477 y
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
y separately published work icon Notes and Commentary on Judith Wright's Poetry Peter George Kemeny , Perth : Carroll's , 1972 1972 single work criticism y
y separately published work icon Tamborine Mountain Poems of Judith Wright Judith Wright , Sandra Sewell , Tamborine : Sandra Sewell ; Susanne Duncan , 2010 2010 selected work poetry y
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 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 The Equal Heart and Mind : Letters between Judith Wright and Jack McKinney Judith Wright , J. P. McKinney , Meredith McKinney (editor), Patricia Clarke (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2004 2004 selected work correspondence poetry y
y separately published work icon A Fiercer Light : A New Understanding of the Work of Judith Wright Peter Skrzynecki (editor), Seven Hills : Boraga Academic , 2017 2017 anthology criticism y
y separately published work icon Born of the Conquerers : Selected Essays by Judith Wright Born of Conquerors : Selected Essays Judith Wright , Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press , 1991 1991 selected work essay y
y separately published work icon Judith Wright Interviewed by Hazel de Berg Hazel de Berg (interviewer), Canberra : National Library of Australia , 1976 1976 single work interview y
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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form y separately published work icon Love & Fury: Judith Wright & 'Nugget' Coombs ( dir. John Hughes ) ,agent Neutral Bay : Enhance TV , 2013 2013 single work film/TV y
The Quest of Judith Wright T. Inglis Moore , single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 17 no. 3 1958 1958 (p. 237-250)
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Some Poems of Judith Wright James McAuley , single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 3 no. 3 1968 1968 (p. 201-213)
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The Poetry of Judith Wright R. F. Brissenden , single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 12 no. 3 1953 1953 (p. 255-267)
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Judith Wright Graham Rowlands , single work poetry
— Appears in: Poems Political St Lucia : Makar Press , 1976 1976 (p. 16)
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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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To Judith Wright Mariano Coreno , single work poetry
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , October no. 6 1965 1965 (p. 7)
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Judith Wright's Vision Charles Higham , single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , Winter vol. 5 no. 3 1961 1961 (p. 33-41)
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For Judith Wright Thomas Shapcott , single work poetry
— Appears in: The City of Home St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1995 1995 (p. 58-59)
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y separately published work icon Considerations : New Essays on Kenneth Slessor, Judith Wright and Douglas Stewart Brian Kiernan (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1977 1977 anthology criticism biography 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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y separately published work icon Poetry from Australia : Judith Wright, William Hart-Smith, Randolph Stow Howard Sergeant (editor), Oxford : Pergamon Press , 1969 1969 anthology poetry y
The Later Poetry of Judith Wright G. A. Wilkes , single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 25 no. 3 1965 1965 (p. 163-171)
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Five Senses by Judith Wright R. F. Brissenden , single work criticism
— Appears in: Twentieth Century Australian Literary Criticism Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1967 1967 (p. 245-251)
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