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Of Sages and Sybils: Alec Hope and Judith Wright

Journal Article


Abstract


  • 'It comforts me' writes Alec to Judith in September 1964, 'that you are also

    engaged on a book of essays on Australian poetry. I have one about to come

    out on poetry in general (some Australian) and cannot help feeling that I

    ought not to be doing this sort of thing. Poets ought to write poetry not criticism.

    However, if you do it too that makes me feel better, like Adam and Eve and the

    apple' . Three years later he writes again, 'I have to go to Hobart soon to talk

    about you- the chief occupation of poets these days seems to be taking in one

    another's washing? to which she replies, 'I'm honoured to know you're talking

    about me in Hobart- since it's a reciprocal process for my talking about you in

    Brisbane. ' But in the later stages of her life Wright will complain that she is fed

    up with being always trotted out on the same platform, whether in literary review

    or stage performance, with Les and Alec.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Collett, A. A. 2009, 'Of Sages and Sybils: Alec Hope and Judith Wright', Australian Literary Studies, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 66-77.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-70349838020

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/819

Number Of Pages


  • 11

Start Page


  • 66

End Page


  • 77

Volume


  • 24

Issue


  • 1

Abstract


  • 'It comforts me' writes Alec to Judith in September 1964, 'that you are also

    engaged on a book of essays on Australian poetry. I have one about to come

    out on poetry in general (some Australian) and cannot help feeling that I

    ought not to be doing this sort of thing. Poets ought to write poetry not criticism.

    However, if you do it too that makes me feel better, like Adam and Eve and the

    apple' . Three years later he writes again, 'I have to go to Hobart soon to talk

    about you- the chief occupation of poets these days seems to be taking in one

    another's washing? to which she replies, 'I'm honoured to know you're talking

    about me in Hobart- since it's a reciprocal process for my talking about you in

    Brisbane. ' But in the later stages of her life Wright will complain that she is fed

    up with being always trotted out on the same platform, whether in literary review

    or stage performance, with Les and Alec.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Collett, A. A. 2009, 'Of Sages and Sybils: Alec Hope and Judith Wright', Australian Literary Studies, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 66-77.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-70349838020

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/819

Number Of Pages


  • 11

Start Page


  • 66

End Page


  • 77

Volume


  • 24

Issue


  • 1