Beatrice Davis: Backroom Girl of Modern Literature

Jacqueline Kent

Beatrice Davis: Backroom Girl of Modern Literature

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As general editor at Angus and Robertson from the late thirties to the early seventies, she nurtured the talents of a host of well known writers, including Thea Astley, Miles Franklin, Xavier Herbert, Ruth Park, Hal Porter and Patricia Wrightson. Her position as a judge of several major prizes, including the prestigious Miles Franklin Award, reinforced her pivotal role in Australia’s literary culture – a role that saw her by turns respected, feared, courted and berated.

Jacqueline Kent’s compulsively readable, erudite and witty biography portrays a woman whose passion for living was as great as her passion for Australian literature.

WINNER – 2002 National Biography Award

A sharp-eyed, warm-hearted portrayal .. this book succeeds on every level’ – The Age

‘Adroitly written, well structured and entertaining’ – Network Review of Books

‘A lucid, well researched and essential literary biography’ – National Library of Australia

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Jacqueline Kent

Jacqueline Kent is a writer of non-fiction and biography, fiction, general articles and literary journalism. Her working background includes radio interviewing, print journalism, radio and TV scriptwriting, editing books, ghostwriting, teaching editing and creative writing, and arts administration. She most recently wrote the bestseller The Making of Julia Gillard.