Collection UQFL332 - Alison Hoddinott Papers

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Alison Hoddinott Papers


  • 1946-1995 (Creation)

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3 boxes.

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Alison Hoddinott was born in Hobart, Tasmania. She studied at the University of Tasmania. Greg Kratzmann and Alison Hoddinott edited a collection of Gwen Harwood's poems, published by UQP in 2003. She was a Senior Lecturer at the School of English, Communication and Theatre at University of New England, Armidale. She died on the 28 November 2022.

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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 wrote under the names of Francis Geyer, Walter Lehmann, Miriam Stone and T.F. Kline. She died in 1995.

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Frank William (Bill) Harwood, a linguist, married Gwendoline Nessie Foster in 1945.

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William G. Hoddinott was Associate Professor in the English Department of the University of New England, Armidale. He started at the UNE in 1960 and soon began recording Aboriginal languages. He was married to Alison Hoddinott. He died in 1984.

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Collection previously titled as: Letters from Gwen Harwood, 1946-1991
Collection alternatively titled as: Alison Hoddinott Collection.

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Letters from Gwen Harwood and her husband, F.W. Harwood, to Alison Hoddinott and her husband W.G. Hoddinott. Includes "Sappho cards", parodies of other Australian poets, accounts of Gwen Harwood's first meetings with James McAuley and A.D. Hope, a full account of the Walter Lehmann Bulletin hoax, and manuscript poems. Also typescript for "The lion's bride", dream book, and Sappho cards to Thea Goodwin. Alison Hoddinott's book, Blessed city : the letters of Gwen Harwood to Thomas Riddell January to September 1943 was awarded the Age Book of the Year in 1990.

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Unrestricted access.

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  • English

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Digital copies of some items held in Fryer Library (Restricted) collection in UQ eSpace.

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Material from this collection has been cited in:
Priest, A.-M. (2014). 'Baby and Demon: Woman and the Artist in the Poetry of Gwen Harwood'. Hecate 40(2), 67–83.
Sheridan, Susan (2011). Nine lives: postwar women writers making their mark. St Lucia, Qld: UQP.

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The Australian women's register, AWH003791

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23252993 ; 63015163

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Revised, AM, 01-Jun-2020.
Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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