A Brimming Cup

The Life of Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Elizabeth Kleinhenz
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A Brimming Cup

Published

1 November 2013

ISBN

9780522864885

Pages

340

Weight

448g

Size

231mm x 153mm

Imprint

MUP Custom

A Brimming Cup

The Life of Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Elizabeth Kleinhenz
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, born in 1905, was the grand-daughter of Melbourne real estate agent JR Buxton, whose investments in land and housing brought him wealth and significantly influenced much of his city's early development.
In her memoir, Solid Bluestone Foundations, described by her great friend Manning Clark as 'a magnificent book of memories', Kathleen painted an evocative picture of family life at her grandparents' mansion Hughenden in Middle Park, and of middle-class living in early twentieth-century Melbourne.
In adulthood she went on to become a brilliant academic and teacher whose former pupils became some of Australia's finest historians and intellectuals. But she was also a lonely woman with a low view of her own worth as a writer and scholar.

Through meticulous research, Elizabeth Kleinhenz uncovers what lay behind the mask that Kathleen Fitzpatrick presented to the world. Capable of deep love, she was almost vainly self-conscious. She was witty…
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, born in 1905, was the grand-daughter of Melbourne real estate agent JR Buxton, whose investments in land and housing brought him wealth and significantly influenced much of his city's early development.
In her memoir, Solid Bluestone Foundations, described by her great friend Manning Clark as 'a magnificent book of memories', Kathleen painted an evocative picture of family life at her grandparents' mansion Hughenden in Middle Park, and of middle-class living in early twentieth-century Melbourne.
In adulthood she went on to become a brilliant academic and teacher whose former pupils became some of Australia's finest historians and intellectuals. But she was also a lonely woman with a low view of her own worth as a writer and scholar.

Through meticulous research, Elizabeth Kleinhenz uncovers what lay behind the mask that Kathleen Fitzpatrick presented to the world. Capable of deep love, she was almost vainly self-conscious. She was witty but cutting, proud but ashamed, could be arrogant and overbearing, but also modest to the point of subservience. An accomplished thinker, she allowed the major insights of second-wave feminism to pass her by. After her marriage failed she never again had an open relationship.

A Brimming Cup tells the story of Kathleen's outstanding academic career, her contributions to social and political debates of the day, her relationships, and her successes and disappointments as a historian, writer and woman of her time.

About the author

Elizabeth Kleinhenz was born in Melbourne, where she has lived for most of her life. She enjoyed a 35-year career with the Victorian Education Department as a teacher of English, History and German, assistant principal and education consultant. In 2001 she joined the Australian Council for Educational Research, where she still works as a senior research fellow. She has been married to the same husband for nearly 48 years. She has three children and five grandchildren.

About Elizabeth Kleinhenz

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