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Rosemary Creswell

Rosemary Creswell, who died in 2017, was an author, critic, and literary agent.

Rosemary Creswell reviews 'The Impersonators' by Jessica Anderson

March 1981, no. 28 01 March 1981
As she did so vividly in Tirra Lirra by the River, Jessica Anderson uses a returning expatriate woman to cast fresh eyes on the social and urban landscape of Australia. Here, it is Sylvia Foley who has spent some twenty years in Europe eschewing the comforts and constraints of suburban life, teaching Italian and conducting tours of the British Isles and the Continent. On a whim, she abandons her p ... (read more)

Rosemary Creswell reviews 'A Woman of the Future' by David Ireland

November 1979, no. 16 01 November 1979
A Woman of the Future, David Ireland’s sixth novel, is narrated in the first person by a woman, Alethea Hunt. This kind of ‘literary transvestism’ is not new, and in any case is not essentially different from writers who, in third-person narration, inject themselves into the consciousness of a character of the opposite sex. Ireland’s book, however, is remarkable for the way in which a male ... (read more)

Rosemary Creswell reviews 'The Transit of Venus' by Shirley Hazzard

August 1980, no. 23 01 August 1980
The Transit of Venus has been widely acclaimed, and justly so: it is a great novel of passion and ambition, success and failure, written with elegance and wit, and magnificently structured. Still, despite the critical superlatives, few critics have attempted to come to grips with the power of Hazzard’s writing. There have been the inevitable comparisons with Jane Austen, and some attention has b ... (read more)