Wild Card: An Autobiography 1923–1958 by Dorothy Hewett

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September 2012, no. 344

Wild Card: An Autobiography 1923–1958 by Dorothy Hewett

UWA Publishing, $29.95 pb, 394 pp

Wild Card: An Autobiography 1923–1958 by Dorothy Hewett

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September 2012, no. 344

Dorothy Hewett’s Wild Card: An Autobiography 1923–1958 was first published by McPhee Gribble in 1990. Now, a decade after Hewett’s death, UWA Publishing has reissued this extraordinary autobiography in a beautifully packaged, reader-friendly format. Reviewing Wild Card for ABR in October 1990, Chris Wallace-Crabbe drew attention to Hewett’s candour in relating explicitly her many sexual experiences. He noted that the sexual self – so often elided in autobiographies – is on full display in Wild Card, and made the crucial observation that for Hewett ‘sex is both somewhere beyond personality … and intrinsic to it’. As Wild Card makes clear, Hewett was an expressively sexual woman, but her sexual desires and experiences were inextricably part of her imaginative and political passions.

Bernadette Brennan reviews 'Wild Card' by Dorothy Hewett

Wild Card: An Autobiography 1923–1958

by Dorothy Hewett

UWA Publishing, $29.95 pb, 394 pp

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