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West Island: Five twentieth-century New Zealanders in Australia: 2019

West Island: Five twentieth-century New Zealanders in Australia: 2019 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Johnson, Stephanie

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Five notable twentieth-century New Zealanders who made their lives in Australia are the subject of this fascinating biographical investigation by award-winning author Stephanie Johnson. Roland Wakelin, Dulcie Deamer, Jean Devanny, Douglas Stewart and Eric Baume had little in comm...on in personality, proclivities and politics. Yet they all experienced fame and/or notoriety in the West Island while being largely forgotten in their country of origin. They also occasionally crossed paths in the course of eventful lives. The works of painter Roland Wakelin place him as a founder of Australias Modern Movement, while his modest and affable personality was the opposite of the stereotypical artist. Dulcie Deamer was a writer and libertine known for her leopardskin attire and associations with the larger-than-life characters of the Sydney bohemian set including the Witch of Kings Cross, fellow New Zealander Rosaleen Norton. The forthright feminism and creative integrity of novelist Jean Devanny led to bitter battles with the same communist movement she devoted decades of her life to. Douglas Stewart was one of the most famous Australian writers of his period. He was a long- term gatekeeper for Australian letters as the literary editor of the Bulletin, and then editor for publishers Angus and Robertson. Born into an unusual and unorthodox Jewish family, Eric Baume gained prominence in Australia as an early prototype of the modern- day shock jock and at one stage one of the countrys highest-earning media personalities and bestselling authors. A lifelong gambling addict, he died in debt. Stephanie Johnson restores these striking New Zealanders to our national narrative, engaging their life stories to illuminate the curious lacuna that exists at the heart of the complex relationship between the two nations. As a writer with strong connections to both countries, Johnson draws on her own experiences of life on both sides of the ditch in her reflections on the trans-Tasman diaspora and the subtle differences and cultural divide that set apart the two countries.
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ISBN 9781988531571
Published NZ 29 Apr 2019
Publisher Otago University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
999 In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9781988531571
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Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Otago University Press
Imprint Otago University Press
Published 29 Apr 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Johnson, Stephanie
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: Film, Television, Music, Theatre
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 150mm
Height: 230mm
Dewey Code B
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Biography, Australia, New Zealanders, Devanny, Jean, Biographies
NBS Text Biography: The Arts
ONIX Text General/trade