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A Life of Roy Douglas Wright


352 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $44.95 (US $44.95) (CA $49.95)

Publication Date: July 1999

ISBN 9780522846263

Rights: US & CA

Melbourne University Press (Jul 1999)

Price: $44.95


This is the first biography of Roy Douglas (“Pansy”) Wright (1907–1990)—a brilliant, legendary and controversial figure in the history of Australian medicine, universities and civil liberties. In this delightfully lucid biography, Peter McPhee reveals the many contradictions in this complex man.


“Pansy actually has a rare quality among biographies: it merits re-reading and contemplation for its understated insights into gender and generation in Australia. This is a Kylie Minogue of a book: small but perfectly formed.” —The Bulletin

Author Biography

Peter McPhee spent his childhood in a small country town and his student days at the University of Melbourne. He taught at La Trobe University and the Victoria University of Wellington before returning to the University of Melbourne, where he has held a personal chair in history since 1993. He has published widely on the history of modern France, notably A Social History of France 1780–1880 and Revolution and Environment in Southern France 1780–1830.