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Anne Diamond

Anne Diamond taught English literature at the University of Melbourne.

Anne Diamond reviews 'Henry Handel Richardson and Her Fiction' by Dorothy Green

February–March 1987, no. 88 01 February 1987
Occasionally, there are books of literary criticism which stay in the mind’s eye, so to speak; they endure beyond the point of short-term recall: the central argument, the general impress of thought, the singular, illuminating ideas and catchments of insight. As with Dorothy Green’s massive and intense scrutiny of Henry Handel Richardson, these books have the authority of a kind of passionate ... (read more)

Anne Diamond reviews 'Sister Ships' by Joan London

April 1987, no. 89 01 April 1987
Fiction which is well-choreographed is difficult to resist. Joan London’s first collection of short stories, Sister Ships, is a dancerly go at mimesis; poised, unerring, it keeps its promises. And to run the tautological line between ‘literature’ and life, as all writing must, reminds us of the possibility for faux pas as well as the pas de deux; in one instance, an amnesia as to what has al ... (read more)