Mary Lord

Mary Lord was a writer and academic. 

Mary Lord reviews 'China Men' by Maxine Hong Kingston, 'Mutuwhenua: The moon sleeps' by Patricia Grace, 'Fortress' by Gabrielle Lord, and 'Female Friends' by Fay Weldon

April 1982, no. 39 08 June 2021
I’m well overdue with this article, and I suspect John McLaren is never going to speak to me again. Trouble is, I’m on a frenetic reading jag and its mainly McLaren’s fault. On the Thursday of Writers’ Week, he beguiled me into the bookshop near the Writers’ Tent and in no time at all I emerged buckling at the knees under the weight of a carton of books written by many of the writers I ... (read more)

Mary Lord reviews 'A History of Australian Literature' by Ken Goodwin

September 1986, no. 84 01 September 1986
Mary Lord reviews 'A History of Australian Literature' by Ken Goodwin
The more I think about it the more I am convinced that Ken Goodwin must have found this a brute of a book to write. Not that difficulties are apparent in the writing. Far from it. It is simply that, in looking at it from a reviewer’s point of view, I am increasingly aware of the constraints under that the author must have suffered while managing to produce a book which the general reader and the ... (read more)

Mary Lord reviews 'The Australian Short Story Before Lawson' edited by Cecil Hadgraft

August 1986, no. 83 01 August 1986
Mary Lord reviews 'The Australian Short Story Before Lawson' edited by Cecil Hadgraft
It is surely one of the most widely believed tenets of Australia’s literary history that the short story has a special significance achieved with its rise to popularity in the 1890s under the patronage of the Bulletin and in the hands of a master craftsman like Henry Lawson. Orthodoxy has it that Australian literature was born in the 1890s: that is, it shucked off its colonial cast and developed ... (read more)

Mary Lord reviews 'Transgressions: Australian writing now' edited by Don Anderson and 'The Australian Short Story: An anthology from the 1890s to the 1980s' edited by Laurie Hergenhan

May 1986, no. 80 01 May 1986
Mary Lord reviews 'Transgressions: Australian writing now' edited by Don Anderson and 'The Australian Short Story: An anthology from the 1890s to the 1980s' edited by Laurie Hergenhan
I have a theory that every second Australian is a closet short story writer. And this is a conservative estimate. According to my theory, the so-called ‘booms’ in the history of the Australian short story in the 1890s and 1950s merely reflected fashions in the book and magazine publishing businesses, not the relentless scratching away in exercise books or thumping of battered typewriters which ... (read more)

Mary Lord reviews 'The Golden Age of Australian Opera' by Harold Love

June 1982, no. 41 01 June 1982
For those who think that opera in Australia only began to get off the ground this book will come as something of a shock. There was a time, over a hundred years ago, when enthusiastic audiences drawn from across the social spectrum supported ‘regular seasons of the world’s best musical theatre’ by a resident, commercial opera company which played in all the major capital cities. W.S. Lyster ... (read more)

Mary Lord reviews 'Australian Melodrama' by Eric Irvin

June 1982, no. 41 01 June 1982
Mary Lord reviews 'Australian Melodrama' by Eric Irvin
It seems that going to the theatre has always been a popular activity with Australians. Popular theatre during the period covered by this book (1834–1914) staged a remarkable variety of Australian plays: operettas, melodramas, burlesques, sensation plays, and extravaganzas. On Our Selection, the first play to be called ‘Australian through and through’, opened to an audience of more than a th ... (read more)

Mary Lord reviews 'Across the Sea Wall' by C.J. Koch

December 1982–January 1983, no. 47 01 December 1982
Mary Lord reviews 'Across the Sea Wall' by C.J. Koch
This is not a reissue of a novel almost twenty years old, nor is it quite a new novel: it is a heavily revised version of an early work by the author of the prize-winning novel Year of Living Dangerously. Across the Sea Wall was written before C.J. Koch was thirty. In a prefatory note to the new version he writes: ‘If such novels of youth are worth republishing, they are worth revising ... The c ... (read more)

Mary Lord reviews 'Scenes of Revolutionary Life' by Judah Waten

November 1982, no. 46 01 November 1982
Mary Lord reviews 'Scenes of Revolutionary Life' by Judah Waten
At seventy-one Judah Waten is not just another old soldier who refuses to fade away. Nor is he a man who keeps writing books out of habit. He is a born storyteller who writes when he has something to tell us. And the more he writes, the more powerful and persuasive his fictions become. Scenes of Revolutionary Life is a brilliant achievement; the work of a man at the peak of his power. Subtle, ric ... (read more)

Christina Stead Supplement | Editorial by Mary Lord

July 1982, no. 42 01 July 1982
Christina Stead Supplement | Editorial by Mary Lord
ABR is very proud to present its readers with this special supplement in honour of the eightieth birthday of one of Australia's most significant writers, Christina Stead, whose birthday falls on July 17. I am particularly grateful for John McLaren for asking me to edit this supplement and for thus allowing me to be associated with this gesture of respect and esteem towards one whom I regard as a m ... (read more)

Mary Lord reviews 'Archipelagoes' and 'Readings from Ecclesiastes' by Peter Goldsworthy and 'The Harlots Enter First' by Gerard Windsor

February–March 1983, no. 48 01 February 1983
Mary Lord reviews 'Archipelagoes' and 'Readings from Ecclesiastes' by Peter Goldsworthy and 'The Harlots Enter First' by Gerard Windsor
It is comparatively rare for a new writer to bring out his first two collections in the one year, and even more rare that one should be a collection of verse and the other of short stories. Yet this is exactly what Peter Goldsworthy has done. His name will be unfamiliar to many, but those who regularly read literary magazines will have come across his stories and poems before and he will undoubted ... (read more)
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