The Shelf Life of Zora Cross, Cathy Perkins

Australian Women Writers Gen 3 Week 12-18 Jan. 2020

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Zora Cross has been one of the big surprises of AWW Gen 3 for me. I guess each generation of writers has ‘unknowns’ who prove to be tremendously interesting and Cross is one of those. This repost is from historian and blogger, Janine The Resident Judge of Port Phillip.


The Resident Judge of Port Phillip

“Twenty pounds and you shall have her” and thus were the publishing rights for Songs of Love and Life transferred from a small self-publishing bookshop to that of the publishing behemoth, Angus and Robertson in 1917.  This book of sixty erotic love-sonnets was to become a literary sensation, going through three reprints and selling a respectable 4000 copies. Its author,  27 year old Zora Cross, wrote about love and sensuality from a woman’s perspective – something shocking in 1917. Read on …

4 thoughts on “The Shelf Life of Zora Cross, Cathy Perkins

  1. I bought this book last year, but I feel I won’t get to it this week, so I’m glad Janine has. I have mentioned her a couple of times in my blog, because she was quite a “personage” at the time.

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    • After your 1930s writers post I was surprised how often she came up. I’ve been flat out today, but should have time off when I get to Melb Tues and will provide some links (meanwhile readers can look at ‘Related Posts’ well down the AWW Gen 3 page.)

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