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Commemorate #KSP50 by reading one of Katharine Susannah Prichard's best stories on @TroveAustralia (in no strict order):
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. trove.nla.gov.au/version/258015…
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. nla.gov.au/nla.news-page1…
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. nla.gov.au/nla.news-page1…
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 trove.nla.gov.au/version/257679…
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 trove.nla.gov.au/version/258754…
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