Ellen Dymphna Cusack

Cusack, Ellen Dymphna


Born Sept. 22, 1902, in Ya-long, New South Wales. Australian writer. Daughter of a farmer. Graduated from the University of Sydney (1924).

Cusack’s first major works were the romantic drama Red Sky at Morning (staged 1935), describing the Australian labor colonies, and the antibourgeois novel Jungfrau (1936). She is the author of the sociopsychological realistic drama Comets Soon Pass (staged 1943), the antiwar play Pacific Paradise (1956; Russian translation, 1961), and the novel Say No to Death (1951; Russian translation, 1961), which was directed against the capitalist system. In her novels Sun in Exile (1955), Black Lightning (1964; Russian translation, 1972), and The Half-burnt Tree (1969; Russian translation, 1973), Cusack condemned racial discrimination. Heatwave in Berlin (1961; Russian translation, 1962) and The Sun Is Not Enough (1967; Russian translation, 1969) are antifascist novels.


Picnic Races. London [1962].
Holidays Among the Russians. London, 1964.
Caddie: A Sydney Barmaid: An Autobiography Written by Herself. Melbourne, 1966.
The Half-burnt Tree. London, 1969.


Petrikovskaia, A. “Ogon’ rasplaty.” Literaturnaia gazeta, Dec. 3, 1969.