Tomorrow, 2 October 2019, is the 50th anniversary of the death of Katharine Susannah Prichard. I’m tweeting about it this week from https://twitter.com/nathanhobby using the #KSP50 hashtag. Here’s a thread I tweeted:
1. The Kid (1907) – a gothic bush story, written the year her father killed himself. I think it’s the best of her early work.
2. Christmas Tree (1919) – the first story she wrote in Western Australia, after traveling out to her husband’s struggling farm in the Wheatbelt. It’s one of the most successful integrations of politics in her oeuvre.
3. Buccaneers (1935) – a light-hearted, gently humorous story of middle-age which evokes WA’s Rottnest Island superbly. It’s amazing that she wrote this soon after the suicide of her husband, Hugo, and while flat out for the Communist Party.
4. The Bride of Faraway (1933) – if you don’t want to read KSP’s massive goldfields trilogy, you could read this proto-version. It came out of prospecting w/Hugo; she was on the boat back from London after his suicide by the time it appeared. #KSP50
A VIVID LONG STORY OF THE W.A. GOLDFIELDS The Bride of Faraway – Version details A VIVID LONG STORY OF THE W.A. GOLDFIELDS The Bride of Faraway ®HEN Mick Ryan built a bough-shed J|o|f and started handing out stores on the Faraway, he pegged the best claim on the rush, old-time ..… https://trove.nla.gov.au/version/257679608
5. Flight (1938) – KSP’s depiction of Aboriginal people did not finish with Coonardoo, and this story, while still problematic today, is a poignant critique of the Stolen Generation policies #KSP50