Bobbin Up

Bobbin Up None

  • Title: Bobbin Up
  • Author: Dorothy Hewett
  • ISBN: 9780140161755
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Paperback
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      Published :2019-07-12T18:37:31+00:00

    About " Dorothy Hewett "

  • Dorothy Hewett

    Dorothy Coade Hewett 21 May 1923 25 August 2002 was an Australian feminist poet, novelist, librettist and playwright She was also a member of the Communist Party of Australia, though she clashed on many occasions with the party s leadership.Hewett was born in Perth and was brought up on a sheep and wheat farm near Wickepin in the Western Australian Wheatbelt She was initially educated at home and through correspondence courses From the age of 15 she attended Perth College, which was run by Anglican nuns Hewett was an atheist, remaining so all her life.In 1944 Hewett began studying English at the University of Western Australia UWA It was here that she joined the Communist Party in 1946 Also during her time at UWA she won a major drama competition and a national poetry competition.In 1948 she married communist lawyer Lloyd Davies The marriage ended in divorce in 1959, following Hewett s departure to Sydney to conduct a relationship with a boilermaker named Les Flood She bore Flood three sons over nine years, during which time she wrote no poetry owing to the family s constant struggle against poverty However, the time she spent working in a clothing factory during this period did inform some of her most famous works.Following the end of this relationship in 1958 Hewett returned to Perth to take up a teaching post in the English department at UWA This move also inspired her to begin writing again Jeannie 1958 was the first piece she completed following her enforced hiatus, Hewett later admitted to finding this a rejuvenating experience.Hewett published her first novel, Bobbin Up, in 1959 As the title suggests it was a semi autobiographical work based on her time in Sydney, the novel was a cathartic work for Hewett The novel is widely regarded as a classic example of social realism It was one of the few western works that was translated into Russian during the Soviet era.In 1960 Hewett married again, this time to writer Merv Lilley, the marriage would last until the end of her life They had two daughters, Kate and Rose The couple published a collection of poetry together in 1961 entitled What About the People.In 1967 Hewett s increasing disillusionment with Communist politics was evidenced by her collection Hidden Journey Things came to a head for her on 20 August 1968, when the Red Army brutally suppressed the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia She renounced her membership of the Communist Party This and her critical obituary of the Communist novelist Katharine Susannah Prichard, caused several Communist writers to circulate material attacking her.In 1973 Hewett was awarded one of the first fellowships by the newly formed Australia Council The organisation granted her several fellowships, and later awarded her a lifetime emeritus fellowship Hewett returned to Sydney that year with the hope that this move would further her career as a playwright During her life she wrote 15 plays, the most famous of which are This Old Man Comes Rolling Home 1967 , The Chapel Perilous 1972 , and The Golden Oldies 1981 Several plays, such as The Man From Mukinupin 1979 , were written in collaboration with Australian composer Jim Cotter.In 1975, she published a controversial collection of poems, Rapunzel in Suburbia, which resulted in the pursuit of successful libel action by her ex husband Lloyd Davies in relation to specific verses and their quotation in a review by Hal Colebatch in The West Australian newspaper.Virago Press published the first volume of her autobiography, Wild Card, in 1990 The book dealt with her lifelong quest for sexual freedom and the negative responses she received from those around her Two years later she published her second novel, The Toucher.In 1990 a painting of Hewett by artist Geoffrey Proud won the Archibald Prize, Australia s most prominent portrait prize.


  • Well, as the author intro mentions, this is definitely a little too starry-eyed about communism and factory strikes, in that realistic working-class with two jobs and relationship issues kind of way. It will all be better when we gets our rights, etc. That said, it's very good. I tend to read this more as a piece of historical documentation than a novel, which is good, because it's more or less a big piece of propaganda.It's also straight up Australian, which is interesting, since you barely eve [...]

  • Interesting to read an Australian novel from this era not shoving patriotism down your throat at every page and the Aussie-battler is not given its usual hero/ine treatment. Perhaps a few too many characters to keep up with, especially as all the stories are similarly depressing.

  • Nathan Hollier on the Critical Reception of Bobbin UpDorothy Hewett's life and literary career have made her a figure of particular critical interest to scholars and critics of different persuasions at different moments. It is not a criticism of her writing to say that it reflects the different phases of her personal and political life. Famously the winner of a 1945 ABC national poetry prize, the young romantic from rural Western Australia had joined the CPA at nineteen and did not leave for goo [...]

  • I found this little gem of Australian literature in a second hand book sale.The slice of 1950's industrial Sydney is wonderful. I found the political message is a bit heavy handed but probably echoed the times in which it was written. The episodic nature of the writing was difficult for me, making it hard to invest in any of the characters, but I think this was probably intentional so that the focus was on "womanhood" rather than any particular woman.

  • Brilliant. This is a working class Australian classic from 1959, the first novel from the woman who went on to become one of Australia's best known playwrights. I love novels that focus on and describe work and Hewett does that beautifully here, in an episodic novel that flits between a number of women working at a spinning mill in Sydney. There are lyrical elements, particularly connected with the passage of Sputnik through the skies overhead, but also snippets of song that float through the no [...]

  • This was written by Hewett when she was involved in the Communist Party and reflects some of her own experiences in working in a textile factory in Sydney and the lives of the other women workers. I enjoyed it and found it to be an interesting snapshot of working and personal lives of women in the late 1950s.

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