Vale Ruth Park
“Harp in the South silenced: author Ruth Park dead at 93” confronted me this morning on page 3 of our daily newspaper. I guess it had to happen, but it is nonetheless sad to see such a grand dame of Australian literature leave us. I have referred to her several times on this blog, three of those times being focused specifically on her – reviews of Swords and crowns and rings, and Missus, and a Monday Musings dedicated to her – so that will give you some measure of my regard for her and, really, of her standing in Australia.
Susan Wyndham, who wrote the announcement I read, concluded with the following:
Park’s publisher at Penguin, Robert Sessions, once said that she was one of three older women who had a huge impact on him, along with the writer Thea Astley and the legendary editor Beatrice Davis. All have now died.
Astley and Park both had huge stature in Australian literature and they had that rare combination of talent and strength and humility, he said.
What more can I say, except, well done Ruth, we’ll miss you – but we’ll keep on reading you.