Rosa Praed (1851–1935) was a prolific author and “a most unusual woman.” Born into frontier Queensland at a time when settlers lived in isolation, afraid of Aboriginal attacks, she was to spend her adult life in the literary, artistic and political circles of London. As a young woman, moving in the squattocracy circles of Brisbane, and later in London, as a member of Oscar Wilde's bohemia, Rosa kept notes of the characters and conversations around her. Her forty-five books show evidence of her keen and intelligent observation. While Rosa's most successful works were set in Australia, her literary subjects were varied, and reflect many aspects of her life—her interest in women's rights; her own unhappy marriage; and, of course, her search for spiritual meaning. On this search she gathered up Aboriginal dreaming, Catholicism, astrology, spiritual mediums, the supernatural and reincarnation. Rosa's story is a rich and dramatic one, full of psychological interest. In Rosa! Rosa!, Patricia Clarke shows how she managed her amazing output in the midst of family problems, marital woes, illness more frequent with the years, and a constant changing of “homes.” With this analysis of Praed's life, Patricia Clarke offers a new and original evaluation of her place in the history of Australian women.
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Patricia Clarke is a distinguished writer, journalist and editor who has written extensively about 19th-century Australian women, many of them writers. She is the author of The Governesses: Letters from the Colonies 1862–1882; A Colonial Woman: The Life and Times of Mary Braidwood Mowle; Pen Portraits: Women Writers and Journalists in Nineteenth Century Australia; Pioneer Writer: The Life of Louisa Atkinson, Novelist, Journalist, Naturalist; Tasma: The Life of Jessie Couvreur; Tasma's Diaries; and (with Dale Spender) Life Lines: Australian Women's Letters and Diaries 1788–1840.
I think this is the best prose in Clarke's distinguished writing career. Rosa! Rosa! is an admirable work of scholarship, full of insights into an Australian writer who deserves this meticulously researched account of her life. Praed is an intriguing figure, and the book will find a welcoming readership. -- Professor Lucy Frost, University of Tasmania
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Book Description Melbourne University Publishing, Carlton, Vic, Australia, 2000. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. 274p, index, illustrated. New book. 600gms weight. ; 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 27207
Book Description Melbourne University Publishing, 1999, 1999. 8vo. hardcover. 274pp. index, b/w illus. Very good+, very light yellowing to page edges. / Very good+ d/w. Bookseller Inventory # 55193
Book Description Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1999, 1999. 24.0 x 16.0cms, 274pp, b/w illusts, as new hardcover & dustwrapper Born in Queensland's outback and living in London's bohemian circles, Praed wrote 45 books, championed women's rights and sought spiritual meaning. Bookseller Inventory # 105857
Book Description Melbourne University Press, Carlton South, 1999. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First. 274 pages illustrated. Bookseller Inventory # 01274
Book Description Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1999. Hardback octavo, dustjacket, very good plus condition (in very good plus dustjacket), black & white photos, minimal edgewear. 274 pp. This prolific author of 45 novels was a very unusual woman and spiritualist. She was born in frontier Queensland, but spent most of her adult life in the literary, artistic and political circles of London. As a young woman, she moved in the squattocracy circles of Brisbane - and later in London, as a member of Oscar Wilde's circle. Rosa kept notes of the characters and conversations around her - thus her books reveal keen and intelligent observation. Bookseller Inventory # 14594
Book Description Melbourne University Press, Victoria, Australia, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 274 pages. illustrated. Plastic wrapper. Size: 4 To- Over 6"x9"(Thick). Book. Bookseller Inventory # 002167