Brooms and cupboards

A familial portrait of the Melbourne art world
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August 2022, no. 445
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Bad Art Mother by Edwina Preston

Wakefield, $32.95 pb, 324 pp

Brooms and cupboards

A familial portrait of the Melbourne art world
by
August 2022, no. 445
Edwina Preston (photograph supplied)
Edwina Preston (photograph supplied)

In 1961, Gwen Harwood submitted a sonnet to the Bulletin under the name of Walter Lehmann. Her poem, ‘Abelard to Eloisa’, held a shocking acrostic secret that many people considered very bad art. Nobody discovered the secret until after it was published. But despite her transgression, as Wikipedia puts it, ‘she found much greater acceptance’ – to the point that she is today considered one of Australia’s greatest poets.

Jane Sullivan reviews 'Bad Art Mother' by Edwina Preston

Bad Art Mother

by Edwina Preston

Wakefield, $32.95 pb, 324 pp

Buy this book

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