Devanny was known to use her novels as a way of expressing ideological concepts and principles. Its vitality compensates for some lack of literary polish. Lucia ; New York : University of Queensland Press. All the novels examine the economic and sexual relationship between men and women in marriage, the centrality of motherhood to a woman's concept of herself, female sexuality and women's right to free expression of their own sexual feelings, and issues of left-wing politics. An orderly routine enabled Jean to care for three small children, practise the piano and violin, participate in political activity, and read widely in socialist literature. On one level, the novel is a fast-paced account of how passion and jealousy destroy the lives of a rich and cultured farming family; on another it is a fierce polemic for the freedom of women, which in its frankness was years ahead of its time. Bradley, Peter Butler, , Sue Clark, David Nelson, and.
She helped to found the Writers League with and , and was its first president in 1935; in 1937 it was converted into the Writers Association. Despite big overseas sales it was banned in New Zealand and later Australia for being disgusting, indecent and communistic - in other words, for promoting revolutionary ideas about the role of women and for a bold portrayal of the brutality of farm life. On one level the novel is a fast-paced account of how passion and jealousy destroy the lives of a rich and cultured farming family; on another it is a fierce polemic for the freedom of women, which in its frankness was years ahead of its time. She was an author, Communist orator and women's liberationist. The Writers' League became the Writer's Association in 1937.
Carole Ferrier has produced an excellent biography, after 20 years of study and research, of one of the important pioneers of Marxist feminism in this country. Married to a miner, Hal Devanny, Jean Devanny and her family moved to Australia in 1929. Born in Ferntown near in the Nelson district of New Zealand, she migrated to Australia in 1929, eventually moving to in northern , where she died at the age of 68. Devanny's best known novels were Sugar Heaven 1936 and Paradise Flow 1938 , written during her time in north Queensland in the mid-1930s to 1940s. They were married the same year and their son, registered as Harold but always known as Karl for Karl Marx , was born in 1912; Patricia was born in 1913 and Erin in 1915. Jean Devanny, mid 1920s Jane Jean Devanny 1894-1962 , writer, known as Jean, was born on 7 January 1894 at Ferntown, Collingwood, New Zealand, eighth of ten children of William Crook, boilermaker and miner, and his wife Jane, née Appleyard. Devanny was bitter about her treatment, and sought vindication.
In 1948, she approached to write a forward to , but Gilmore declined on the basis that Devanny should write it herself, as 'I have written so many that I have decided not to write any more for a time, as they will have no value by now'. Nevertheless, Devanny resigned from the party in 1950, settling in Townsville. On one level the novel is a fast-paced account of how passion and jealousy destroy the lives of a rich and cultured farming family; on another it is a fierce polemic for the freedom of women, which in its frankness was years ahead of its time. She wrote several books and articles documenting the area. Thought was reserved for politics'.
However, the party bureaucracy's treatment of her novel Cindie about the North Queensland sugar industry finally provoked her resignation in 1950. He was earning a good salary and the couple bought a boarding-house, but neither was a good manager of money: they saved nothing and made no profit. Working class realism depicts the chaos and decay of capitalism and the struggles of workers against its demands. Devanny moved to North Queensland during the 1940s and spent the last two decades of her life in the region. Despite big overseas sales it was banned in New Zealand and later Australia for being disgusting, indecent and communistic — in other words for promoting revolutionary ideas about women and for a bold portrayal of the brutality of farm life.
She strongly supported Aboriginal rights, including land rights, and helped expose the scandal of the stolen generations. Jean Devanny : romantic revolutionary. Many of Devanny's private papers are also held in the Library's Special Collections. She had had several disagreements with the leadership of the party that led to her expulsion in 1940. Abstract: The Butcher Shop first appeared in 1926.
In 1911 Jean met Francis Harold Devanny usually known as Hal at a dance in Puponga. The Butcher Shop first appeared in 1926. Her best-known work, The butcher shop, was published in London in 1926. Jane Crook was born on 7 January 1894 in Ferntown, near Collingwood, Nelson, the eighth of ten children of Jane Appleyard and her husband, William Crook, a miner. Passionate love leads to life in a two-room mining settlement cottage as wife and young mother, interwoven with threads expressing social concerns about the lives of women and working men. The focus here is on her novel Dawn Beloved 1928 , set mainly in Ferntown and in Puponga, where she met and soon married 1911 her miner husband Hal Devanny, before they moved in the 1920s to other parts of New Zealand and eventually to Australia, where she died in 1962.
Later years Devanny later regretted viewing her novels as a way to convey ideology, rather than trying to write to the best of her abilities. Her remains were cremated in. Devanny moved to North Queensland during the 1940s and spent the last two decades of her life in the region. But both Devannys found the Labour Party too far to the right, and were attracted to the Communist Party of New Zealand. A schoolteacher with whom Jane was friendly persuaded her to change her name to Jean. She helped to found the Writers' League and was its first president in 1935 , and became friends with prominent left-wing writers.
By 1945 she was a leading light in the presentation by the Fellowship of Australian Writers of a submission to the Tariff Board seeking literary protection. In 1935 she became the League's first president. Like her father, Hal Devanny was a miner and was deeply involved in union affairs. Jean Devanny : romantic revolutionary. The E-mail message field is required.
Fifteen thousand copies were printed and sold, and the book was banned in New Zealand, Australia, some American states and Germany. Novelist, communist This biography, written by Heather Roberts, was first published in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography in 1998. Yet the two were inextricably intertwined: writing was one way of advancing the cause of a communist revolution, and through communism the beliefs she espoused in her books would come to fruition. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. Of these the most significant is Sugar heaven 1936 , which focuses on the role of women in a strike in the sugar-cane fields of northern Queensland. The author, born in 1894, the daughter of a South Island coalminer, was a lifelong socialist and feminist.