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Introduction by Hilary McPhee

'I am not a born writer, but I must say that when I have actually launched myself I get the profoundest and most passionate satisfaction from writing.'—Christina Stead

A Web of Friendship is a collection of Christina Stead’s intimate correspondence with influential literary figures such as Stanley Burnshaw, Ettore Rella, Nettie Palmer, Clem Christesen, Elizabeth Harrower and A.D. Hope.

These letters span the life of one of Australia's most illustrious writers, offering a rare insight into the relationships that influenced and sustained her work. They reveal Stead's reflections on the art of literature, the development of her political thought, and the significance of a handful of friendships that would endure throughout her life and career.

The letters cover Stead's arrival in England in 1928, as well as her time abroad in Europe and the United States. They also detail her marriage to William Blake, their life in England where they settled in 1953, as well as her brief return to Australia and her final years in England following Blake's death.

Reviews

Stead's letters, with their awkward Australian bones, their cosmopolitan sensibility and their "intelligent ferocity" cannot help but draw us in.

Hilary McPhee

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780522862041

    February 27, 2017

    Miegunyah Press

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9780522871388

    February 27, 2017

    Miegunyah Press Digital

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Also by Christina Stead

Talking into the Typewriter
The Beauties and Furies: Text Classics
The Puzzleheaded Girl: Text Classics
A Little Tea, a Little Chat: Text Classics
The Little Hotel: Text Classics
The Salzburg Tales
Seven Poor Men of Sydney
Cotters' England
House of All Nations
For Love Alone
Letty Fox
The Man Who Loved Children

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