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The life and myth of Charmian Clift (original: 2001; edição: 2001)

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Biography of Australian writer and journalist Charmian Clift (1923-69). Explores the complex relationship between the myth and reality of Clift's life. Recounts her career as a journalist on the Melbourne 'Argus', where she met her future husband, novelist George Johnston, and her subsequent career as a novelist and travel writer. Draws on archival research and information gathered from Clift's friends and colleagues. Author is a historian and children's writer. She has edited and introduced two collections of Clift's essays. Previous titles include a novel for teenagers, 'The House That Was Eureka', and the picture book 'My Place'.… (mais)
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Título:The life and myth of Charmian Clift
Autores:Nadia Wheatley
Informação:Pymble, N.S.W. : HarperCollins, 2001.
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One of the most outstanding biographies I have read. A tour de force. ( )
  saliero | Jun 17, 2007 |
An incredibly thorough biography of this Australian author who, it could be argued, lived in the shadow of her husband (George Johnston). This biography is worth a look if you're interested in Clift - it dispels the myths surrounding her. Which is a good thing as her actual life was far more interesting.
"Bloody well fly, why don't you?" ( )
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If the fixture of Momus's glass in the human breast, according to the proposed emendation of that arch-critic, had taken place, [...] nothing more would have been wanting, in order to have taken a man's character, but to have taken a chair and gone softly, as you would to a dioptrical bee-hive, and looked in, — viewed the soul stark naked; — observed all her motions, — her machinations; — traced all her maggots from their first engendering to their crawling forth; — watched her loose in her frisks, her gambols, her capricios; and after some notice of her more solemn deportment, consequent upon such frisks, &c— then taken your pen and ink and set down nothing but what you have seen, and could have sworn to: — But this is an advantage not to be had by the biographer in this planet.
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Author's Note : 'This story is fiction. The characters do not exist, nor did the incidents occur, excepting in my imagination'. Thus Charmian Clift, in the Author's Note for her novel Honour's Mimic, distanced herself from any obligation to defend the truth of her tale. Her husband George Johnston, in the note to his autobiographical novel My Brother Jack, took a somewhat different stance by way of quoting the French writer André Gide: 'Fiction there is — and history. Certain critics of no little discernment have considered that fiction is history which might have taken place, and history fiction which has taken place'. In regard to the work at hand, it would be amusing to follow Clift's line that 'This story is fiction', but maybe more true to paraphrase Gide: in the case of Charmian Clift and George Johnston, biography is 'fiction which has taken place'.
In this book I try to keep myself off the page. I never met Charmian Clift or George Johnston, and I was never present during any of the incidents that take place in this account.
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Probable explanation for Charmian Clifts fictionalised family name (p63) : It is surely no coincidence that the surname of Clift's fictionalised Morley family so closely mimicks Lawrence's autobiographical family, the Morels. In reading Sons and Lovers as a young woman, Charmian Clift must have been struck by the similarity between Lawrence's mother figure, Gertrude Morel, and her own mother ...
And for her forename (p150) : From the moment she appears on stage (first public appearance of Cressida Morley is in My Brother Jack), she is 'the girl with the green eyes'. Just as important as the colour is the way the eyes evoke images of water — initially marsh water (where cress would grow) or more significantly water 'as cool and deep and clear as the reef seas.
And from about 1962 (p422/3) : ... elements of the name in the forms of 'Chris' and 'Tressida' had been appearing in the author's fiction for a long time. It was now, however, that Clift chose to use this name with its wonderful literary ancestry : Homeric, Chaucerian, and Shakespearian. At the same time, the diminutive 'Cress' sounded fresh and green; like Miranda it also had watery connotations. ... 'I've always wished I was called "Cressida".
(p542 - Jason Johnston in April 1998 remembering, from when he was about 11, about his then about 20 year old brother Martin) : And you'd wake up in the morning and there'd just be red wine — records stacked up everywhere — and you know, when you're experiencing that, you're not ready to be told by that person that you're all bourgeois little shits, and that he's the only one that knows how to save the world.
(p562 from one of Charmian Clift's newspaper articles on the Haves and Have-nots) : Yes indeed, I do like being a Have, and want to go on being a Have, but I wish every other human being in the world could be a Have too, so I can go on being one with a clear conscience.
(p599 - Charmian Clift talks with Joan Flanagan, January 1969) :
She turned around to me and said, 'Well, how would you like to have things like that said about you?'
I think I said to her, 'You haven't read it, have you?'
And she said, 'Yes, I have read it.' That was it : 'I have read it.' But she didn't expand hugely. She just said: 'How would you like it?'
And of course I couldn't answer that.

(Nadia Wheatley comments) This evidence must be believed, despite Charmian's public declarations that she hadn't read Clean Straw.
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Biography of Australian writer and journalist Charmian Clift (1923-69). Explores the complex relationship between the myth and reality of Clift's life. Recounts her career as a journalist on the Melbourne 'Argus', where she met her future husband, novelist George Johnston, and her subsequent career as a novelist and travel writer. Draws on archival research and information gathered from Clift's friends and colleagues. Author is a historian and children's writer. She has edited and introduced two collections of Clift's essays. Previous titles include a novel for teenagers, 'The House That Was Eureka', and the picture book 'My Place'.

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