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SHELF LIFE OF ZORA CROSS

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SHELF LIFE OF ZORA CROSS

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'A rare gem. This is biography at its best: boldly conceived and
brilliantly written. In spare, haunting prose Cathy Perkins rescues Zora Cross
from oblivion, re-establishing her as one of Australia’s most remarkable
literary figures. We see Zora’s life through the stories of her relationships
with others. The person that emerge — possessed by an irrepressible hunger to
write and to be published — is impossible to pin down. In Perkins’s hands, Zora
Cross dances vividly before our eyes.' — Mark McKenna



Australian poet and journalist Zora Cross caused a sensation in
1917 with her book Songs
of Love and Life
. Here was a young woman who looked like a Sunday
school teacher, celebrating sexual passion in a provocative series of sonnets.
She was hailed as a genius, and many expected her to endure as a household name
alongside Shakespeare and Rossetti. While Cross’s fame didn’t last, she kept
writing through financial hardship, personal tragedies and two world wars,
producing an impressive body of work. Her verse, prose and correspondence
with the likes of Ethel Turner, George Robertson (of Angus & Robertson) and
Mary Gilmore place Zora Cross among the key personalities of Australia’s
literary world in the early twentieth century. The Shelf Life of Zora Cross reveals the
life of a neglected writer and intriguing person.



‘I must confess I had never heard of Zora Cross, but this
meticulously researched biography captures the spirited actress turned erotic
poet with fresh insight, revealing a woman who not only defied convention to
write with uninhibited passion but also had a horserace named after her! The
pages teem with vividly drawn portraits of the luminaries of Australian
literature, in all their flawed and messy humanity. Perkins brings Cross out of
the shadows into the light she deserves. Here is yet another free-thinking
woman for a new generation to add to the feminist pantheon.’ — Caroline Baum



‘This finely written biography fills a significant gap in the
history of Australian women writers. Zora Cross is hardly a household name
these days, but a century ago at the peak of her fame she very likely was,
since Songs of Love and Life was that
rare thing: a popular poetic sensation. The Shelf Life of Zora Cross now
spells out her life story.’ — Peter
Kirkpatrick


ISBN: 9781925835533
Title: SHELF LIFE OF ZORA CROSS
Author: PERKINS CATHY
Publication date: 01/11/2019
Price: $22.00
Imprint: NSW

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Dimensions 234 × 153 mm

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