April 6, 2021 | pages 1-21 — start: If you knew what happens in the hotel every day!
“Perhaps something wonderful will happen to me—I will become human again and start writing?’
I love this quote from Stead’s letters to Jim Hamilton, who worked in the Fellowship of Australian Writers.
“At last,” a reviewer in Stead’s native Australia predicted in 1997, her work would receive the critical recognition it deserved.
As often occurs with writers who don’t fit neatly into any literary current, Stead remains largely unknown today.
“You are always astonished at how people can muddy their lives.”
Stead has an uncanny ability to capture disastrous impulses in the making, how often people are compelled to sabotage themselves and others.