‘A world-proof life’
Eleanor Dark (1901-1985) is one of Australia's most celebrated writers of the inter-war years. Born with the twentieth century - a Federation baby - she published ten novels, amongst them one of the best loved Australian stories of all time, The Timeless Land. Her life spanned successive global crises - two world wars, the economic depression of the 1930s, the Cold War - each issuing its own challenges to the artist and the people's writer she thought herself to be. By far the most privileged writer of her generation, her ultimate challenge was a personal one: to unlock the gates of her world-proof life to a society and a world in crisis. The first cross-cultural biography of this famous Australian writer, Marivic Wyndham's rich and controversial portrait of Eleanor Dark is based on extensive research of the author's public and private lives.
KeywordsBiography of celebrated Australian woman writer; Twentieth century Australian novelist; Family & social history; Public & private life; Marriage & relationships; Twentieth century Australian history
Publication date and placeBroadway, 2007
Social & cultural history
Australasian & Pacific history
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
Literature: history & criticism