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Wild Card: An Autobiography 1923-1958
Republished for a new generation of readers, this extraordinary autobiography traces the personal and political metamorphoses of Dorothy Hewett’s first thirty-five years.
After university, several failed love affairs, an attempted suicide and a major poetry prize, Dorothy Hewett joined the Australian Communist party in 1945. Four years later she left her husband and moved to Redfern, Sydney with her lover, a boilermaker.
A woman who challenged sexual and political conventions, Hewett combined the passions of her life with her power as a writer to create this classic of people, place and political history.
Praise for Wild Card:
A decade after Hewett’s death, UWA Publishing has reissued this extraordinary autobiography in a beautifully packaged, reader-friendly format…Like the best writers' autobiographies, Wild Card elucidates how and why various tropes, images, metaphors, and characters have informed Hewett’s oeuvre.AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW
This autobiography does not disappoint: it is a vibrant study of a unique and talented woman of Australian letters.FARM WEEKLY
Hewett’s powerful and ebullient personality is writ large on every page. This is a significant autobiography of a strong, creative woman who was both complex and funny. A must-read.THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
[Hewett] captures perfectly idealistic youthful bohemianism and the airlessness of old farming family life…Wild Card draws its strengths from Hewett’s shrewdly witty phrasing and an oddly astute sense of melodrama.PELICAN MAGAZINE