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By Kerrie Davies

An leading edge, innovative paintings of biography, studying Bertha and Henry Lawson's marriage via a contemporary lens Henry Lawson used to be Australia's bush bard, a respected cultural icon, but he descended into alcoholism, poverty and an early demise. Many blamed his younger spouse, Bertha, for his own and artistic decline. And but in April 1903, Bertha Lawson alleged in a testimony that her husband was once habitually inebriated and harsh, top her finally to call for a judicial separation. In A Wife's Heart, Kerrie Davies presents a unprecedented account of this tumultuous courting from Bertha's viewpoint. Reproducing their letters – a few of that have by no means been released – Davies takes us from the Lawsons' courtship, marriage and separation to Bertha's struggles as a unmarried mother or father. whereas evoking a time whilst women's rights have been advancing significantly, Davies additionally weaves in her personal own heritage to teach how the feelings and demanding situations of marriage and unmarried parenthood have remained the same. A Wife's center offers an intimate portrait of the Lawsons' marriage, tested via a latest lens. it really is an cutting edge, ingenious paintings of biography that displays at the politics of relationships and the iconic complexities of love.

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