An adventurous nature

A writer’s life through her own eyes
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July 2022, no. 444
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The Red Witch: A biography of Katharine Susannah Prichard by Nathan Hobby

Miegunyah Press, $49.99 hb, 462 pp

An adventurous nature

A writer’s life through her own eyes
by
July 2022, no. 444
Katharine Susannah Prichard, c.1927–28 (photograph by May Moore, State Library of New South Wales)
Katharine Susannah Prichard, c.1927–28 (photograph by May Moore, State Library of New South Wales)

Katharine Susannah Prichard is one of those mid-century Australian literary figures like Vance Palmer whose name is mentioned in literary histories more often than her books are read. As it happens, she was a schoolfriend of Vance’s future wife, Nettie, née Higgins, who became a distinguished literary critic, as well as of the pioneering woman lawyer Christian Jollie Smith, and Hilda Bull, later married to the playwright Louis Esson. All were politically on the left as adults, and Prichard and Jollie Smith joined the Communist Party. It was the distant Bolshevik Revolution in October 1917 that converted Katharine to the communist cause; she was a communist in Western Australia before there was a party there for her to belong to.

Sheila Fitzpatrick reviews 'The Red Witch: A biography of Katharine Susannah Prichard' by Nathan Hobby

The Red Witch: A biography of Katharine Susannah Prichard

by Nathan Hobby

Miegunyah Press, $49.99 hb, 462 pp

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