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Elizabeth Backhouse interviewed by Stuart Reid for the Battye Library collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 1521189
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Backhouse, Elizabeth, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research; written permission required for personal copies and public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 1993 
29 tape reels (ca. 721 min.) : 7 1/2 ips ; 7 in. 
Series

Battye Library collection.

Summary

Elizabeth Backhouse speaks of her life and achievements as a writer of novels, children's stories, plays, filmscripts, a ballet and a musical. She describes her family background; attempted rape; early writing; mother's inability to show affection; secretarial studies; writing poetry; enlisting in WAAAF; writing Against Time and Place; ideas for books; having books published; The Iron Horse; Enone and Quentin; reviews; themes; In Our Hands; C.H. Pitman; living in England in 1940s; encouragement to write detective novels; working at Korda Films with Paul Vincent Carroll, Leslie Arliss; working for American film-maker Slessor; European travels; writing thrillers, methodology, characterisation; book covers; nursing ill father; living with her mother after his death; rejected novels; The Fourth Picture; The Thin Line; Mirage, and its adaptation to film; working as a co-producer; Freemasonry; writing for radio; Kal; Rosie Fishman; Dickens' Magic; A History of Masonry; Windmill in the Sky; writing and clarity; unpublished works; aborted film Cry of the Gulls; Sparrows in the Square; The Fishbowl; Tune on a Samisen; The Young Vagabonds; musical composition; sponsoring children; painting; relationships with men; Muriel Wenborne-Haynes; her clothing shops; writing income.

Notes

The J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History is part of the State Library of Western Australia.

Part of a collection of oral history interviews produced by a joint project between the National Library of Australia and the J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History.

Recorded at the home of Elizabeth Backhouse, Mt Lawley, WA, between 4 May and 24 September 1993.

Digital master available National Library of Australia

Index/Finding Aid Note Transcript available (typescript, 196 leaves, [17] leaves of plates) + index (3 leaves) 
Subjects Backhouse, Elizabeth -- Interviews.  |  Authors, Australian -- Western Australia -- Interviews.  |  Women authors, Australian -- Western Australia -- Interviews.  |  Dramatists, Australian -- Western Australia -- Interviews.  |  Screenwriters -- Western Australia -- Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Reid, Stuart, 1953-, Interviewer  |  State Library of Western Australia  |  National Library of Australia  |  J. S. Battye Library of West Australian History

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