Item F3144 - Letters to Ann Jennings, 1956-1995

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Letters to Ann Jennings, 1956-1995


  • 1956-1995. (Creation)

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46 items; 34 cm. and smaller.

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Gwen Harwood is one of Australia's best-known poets. She was born in Brisbane in 1920 and lived there until her marriage in 1945, when she moved to Hobart, Tasmania. Harwood's poetry and critical writing appeared regularly in Australian literary journals from the 1960s. She published eight books of poetry. In 1989 she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to literature. She died in 1995.

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Ann Jennings was a close personal friend to Gwen Harwood over a period of 40 years.

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Letters, cards and postcards, holograph and typescript, including last letter written to Ann Jennings two weeks before the author's death. Accompanied by typescript copies of early poems , one of which, "Gwen Harwood addresses her muse" has a final stanza unpublished in the poet's life-time.
Also accompanied by original holograph manuscript of "An impromptu for Ann Jennings".

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  • English

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Further manuscript material relating to Gwen Harwood held in UQFL45 (Gwen Harwood Collection). (Restricted access.)

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Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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