Judith Wright, one of the major Australian writers of the twentieth century, was a poet, critic, essayist, public intellectual, and activist for a range of causes, most notably environmentalism and Aboriginal rights. Known in literary history mostly for her poetry, the range of her concerns can be seen from the topics of her prose collections, which range from colonial history and literary criticism to advocacy for Aboriginal land rights. An author in whom art and politics met, this conjunction was not always looked upon favourably by critics, but it did assist in establishing her as a respected public figure.

Wright was born on 31 May 1915 into a prominent pastoral family in the New England region of north-eastern New South Wales, and brought up at “Wallamumbi”, a property on land

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Citation: Lang, Anouk. "Judith Wright". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 April 2008 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=4812, accessed 25 July 2024.]

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