HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Big news! LibraryThing is now free to all! Read the blog post and discuss the change on Talk.
dismiss
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.

Jean Devanny (1894–1962)

Author of Cindie

Includes the names: Jean DeVanney

MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
143 (148)4110,149 (3.82)10
No events listed. (add an event)
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical name
Legal name
Other names
Date of birth
Date of death
Burial location
Gender
Nationality
Country (for map)
Birthplace
Place of death
Cause of death
Places of residence
Education
Occupations
Relationships
Organizations
Awards and honors
Agents
Short biography
Jean Devanny, née Crook, was born in Ferntown, New Zealand. Her father William Crook was a miner. She attended school until age 13, when she had to leave to care for her mother and younger siblings. In 1911, she met Francis "Hal" Devanny, also a miner and deeply involved in union affairs. They married the same year and had three children. She learned to play the piano and violin, participated in political activity, and joined Marxist study groups. The family moved to various mining towns before settling in Wellington, where they bought a boarding-house, but it was unsuccessful. By the 1920s, Jean had turned to writing. Her best-known work, The Butcher Shop, was published in 1926. She also published a book of short stories and several more novels, expressing her feelings on motherhood, female consciousness and sexuality, and women's rights, as well as issues of left-wing politics. In 1929, the family moved to Australia, believing that a warmer climate would help their son Karl's weak heart, and became involved in the Communist Party of Australia. Jean was one of the founders of the Writers' League, later the Writers' Association, with Katharine Susannah Prichard and Egon Kisch. In 1935, she became the League's first president. She was a close friend and correspondent of Miles Franklin, Marjorie Barnard and Winifred Hamilton, She had had several disagreements with the leadership of the Communist Party that led to her expulsion in 1940. During the 1950s, she wrote many articles and short stories about the northern Queensland region in which she had settled.
Disambiguation notice

Member ratings

Average: (3.82)
0.5
1
1.5
2 1
2.5
3 1
3.5 4
4 4
4.5 3
5 1

Improve this author

Combine/separate works

Author division

Jean Devanny is currently considered a "single author." If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author.

Includes

Jean Devanny is composed of 2 names. You can examine and separate out names.

Combine with…

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 146,532,155 books! | Top bar: Always visible