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Title: The Steele Diaries
Contributor(s): James, Wendy (creator)
Publication Date: 2008
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Abstract: The Steele Diaries is a historical/contemporary novel exploring identity, maternity and creativity through the stories of Zelda Steele and her daughter, Ruth. The only child of two famous but self-absorbed artists, Zelda Steele is adopted by her parent's patrons when she is just a baby. Great things are expected of this privileged young woman, but at twenty-seven Zelda is dead, leaving two young children and a body of work that only hints at her promise. Decades later, Zelda's daughter Ruth returns to her childhood home to find the diaries her mother is rumoured to have kept. What they reveal takes her on a journey into the past: her mother's, her grandmothers and, ultimately, her own. Weaving together the narratives of three very different women, living in vastly different times, The Steele Diaries paints a rich and evocative portrait of the Sydney art scene from the thirties to the seventies, and examines the eternal conflict between motherhood and self.
Publication Type: Original Creative Works - Textual Work
Publisher: Vintage Books Australia
Place of Publication: Sydney, Australia
ISBN: 9781740513845
Field of Research (FOR): 190402 Creative Writing (incl Playwriting)
200502 Australian Literature (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
Format: 1 Textual work, 361 pages
HERDC Category Description: Z4 Original creative works - Textual work
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