Rose Lindsay: A Model Life



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1st Edition (not reprinted)
1,000 copies printed
392 pages
27.4 x 20.9 cm page size
Editor: Lin Bloomfield
Publisher: Odana Editions
Hardcover, illustrated boards, colour and black and white

Rose Lindsay's memoirs Ma and Pa: My Childhood Memories and Model Wife: My Life with Norman Lindsay were first published in 1963 and 1967 respectively and both are now rare books Here for the first time they are published in one volume, Rose Lindsay: A Model Life.

In Ma and Pa, Rose, in effect, writes a history of the Sydney suburb of Longueville during the 1890s and early 1900s. The book is peopled with unforgettable real-life characters and illustrated with Rose's own quirky pen and ink illustrations. Funny and touching, Ma and Pa is the warm-hearted story of one family's life in Sydney, the constant struggle for survival and the resilience of Ma who kept an ever watchful eye on her brood of nine children.

Model Wife traces Rose through her early modelling days, her meeting with Norman Lindsay, their life together in Sydney and Springwood and their travels to England and America. Apart from the intimate details of Rose's life with Norman, this book is peppered with the artistic and literary figures of the day: among others Dame Nellie Melba, Anna Pavlova, Fritz Kreisler, Julian Ashton, Elioth Gruner, Hans Heysen, Miles Franklin, H. G. Wells, Fanny Hurst, Edna Ferber and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Rose emerged from humble beginnings to become a woman of style and substance with enormous strength of character. She was model and wife of Norman Lindsay (one of Australia's most controversial and best known artists), master printmaker, business woman and mother of two. Rose Lindsay should rightfully be regarded as one of the outstanding female personalities of twentieth century Australia.
A Model Life is packed with wonderful stories from the past, richly illustrated and written with Rose's dry sense of humour and irrepressible joie de vivre.


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