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Jill Ker Conway (1934–2018)

Forfatter af The Road from Coorain

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Jill Ker Conway was born Jill Kathryn Ker in Hillston, New South Wales, Australia on October 9, 1934. She received a history degree from the University of Sydney in 1958 and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1969. She took a teaching post at the University of Toronto. She became a dean in 1971 and vis mere a vice president in 1973. In 1975, she became the first woman to be named president of Smith College. She left Smith in 1985 to become a writer. She wrote three memoirs entitled The Road from Coorain, True North, and A Woman's Education. In 2002, the PBS program Masterpiece Theater used The Road from Coorain as the basis for a film. She also wrote When Memory Speaks: Reflections on Autobiography. She edited several books including Written by Herself: Autobiographies of American Women and In Her Own Words: Women's Memoirs from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. In 2013, she was awarded the National Humanities Medal. She died on June 1, 2018 at the age of 83. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir (1987) — Bidragyder — 493 eksemplarer
The Norton Book of Women's Lives (1993) — Bidragyder — 408 eksemplarer
The Road From Coorain [2002 TV movie] (2010) — Original book — 1 eksemplar
THE BORZOI READER. VOLUME 1. NUMBER 1. (1989) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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This book was authored by a woman who apparently went on to become the president of Smith College. She took some pretty fascinating subject matter and made it quite dull by narrating the entire book. No dialogue. No scenes. Nothing to make the book come alive. She's a history professor, and this book is written just like a history book. There are some lovely descriptive passages, but I can't really recommend this unless you are seriously interested in Australia and really enjoy reading history texts.… (mere)
 
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Anita_Pomerantz | 31 andre anmeldelser | Mar 23, 2023 |
Great biography. Pro women and education.
 
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kslade | 4 andre anmeldelser | Feb 24, 2023 |
Interesting memoir of a girl in a dry part of Australia and how she grew up to value an education and self-reliance.
 
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kslade | 31 andre anmeldelser | Dec 8, 2022 |
Here's what I wrote in 2008 about this book: "Insightful into being Australian, and Australians looking to the English for their culture still in the mid 20th century. Autobiographical and insightful also with respect to women's rights and professional aspirations . . . Conway became the first woman president of Smith College." Note this was another great read recommended by friend Kevin Coleman.
 
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