The Road from Coorain

Jill Ker Conway, Author Alfred A. Knopf $26.5 (238p) ISBN 978-0-394-57456-1
At age 11, Conway ( Women Reformers and American Culture ) left the arduous life on her family's sheep farm in the Australian outback for school in war-time Sydney, burdened by an emotionally dependent, recently widowed mother. A lively curiosity and penetrating intellect illuminate this unusually objective account of the author's progress from a solitary childhood--the most appealing part of the narrative--to public achievement as president of Smith College and now professor at MIT. Gifted with an ability to adapt to a wide range of cultures and people and despite ingrained Australian prejudice against intellectuals, Conway devoted herself to the study of history and literature, spurred on by excellent British-style schooling. Her further adventures could easily make a rewarding second volume. Paperback rights to Vintage; QPBC alternate. (May)
Reviewed on: 04/01/1989
Release date: 04/01/1989
Paperback - 256 pages - 978-0-679-72436-0
Library Binding - 403 pages - 978-0-8161-5204-9
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-613-91405-5
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