Ivor Montagu during the 1980s.
People's History Museum
Ivor Montagu’s childhood was privileged, but he rebelled against his wealthy upbringing to become a pioneer of film culture, an activist documentary maker and an ardent supporter of Soviet communism.
Sophie Tucker defiantly embraced her fuller figure.
AP Photo/Remo Nassi
'I Don't Want to Get Thin,' singer Sophie Tucker proclaimed – an attitude that was decades ahead of its time.
This is certainly a moment to bring Engels's shade out of the shadows.
A self-portrait of the artist Thomas Eakins, one of the most celebrated painters in American history.
National Academy Museum, New York
If we’re going to grasp what makes Eakins' art so tragically powerful, we should be honest about the man who made them – and the impulses that drove him.
Less than a third of biographical entries on Wikipedia are about women.
Wikipedia's coverage on women is less comprehensive, and its volunteer editor base is mostly male. What can be done to change the numbers?
Searching for role models in the math world.
Women's History Month is a time to recognize female role models. In mathematics, when we think of powerful women, we should think of Marion Walter.
Christina Ricci as Zelda and David Hoflin as F. Scott in the TV series Z: The Beginning of Everything (2015). Two films about Zelda’s life are currently underway, starring Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence respectively.
Amazon Studios, Killer Films, Picrow
During her lifetime, Zelda Fitzgerald's creativity and contribution to her husband's work were woefully undervalued. Two new films will tell her story.
A scene from Bangarra Dance Theatre’s 2014 work Patyegarang. An Eora woman, Patyegarang became the main informant for William Dawes, the first European to sympathetically chronicle the language and culture of the Sydney landowners.
Just 210 of nearly 13,000 biographical entries in the Australian Dictionary of Biography are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women. A new project aims to change this.
Helen Garner: her work frequently polarises readers.
Nicholas Purcell Studio
Over 40 years, author Helen Garner has delighted, infuriated, confused and charmed readers. A new account of her writing life is informative but avoids delving into the trickier aspects of her work.
John Clarke: he particularly hated management speak.
John's conversations were full of hysterical laughter, and he had a way asking questions that drew extraordinary answers.
Waverley Cemetery in Sydney where Henry and Bertha Lawson rest.
Kerrie Davies' A Wife's Heart places her own story alongside that of Henry Lawson's wife.
Judith Wright: she opened our eyes to our dark history, to modernist poetry and to the beauty of our landscape.
courtesy of Meredith McKinney
Judith Wright was possibly our greatest poet and a passionate social activist. But a new biography suggests that in writing her family memoirs, Wright avoided evidence that her settler forebears likely participated in the murder of Aborigines.
Writer Thomas Wolfe is played by Jude Law in ‘Genius.’
The president of the Thomas Wolfe Society explains why Law had his work cut out for him when he agreed to portray a man who was "a hydroelectric plant of emotion."
Victorian-era, middle-class black women who loved to read and write didn’t have many role models.
When biographer Gretchen Gerzina came across an old British newspaper article calling Sarah E. Farro "the first negro novelist," she wondered: who was Farro, and why had she been lost to history?
Former British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes.
After Jonathan Bate, in his recent biography of Ted Hughes, wrote about Hughes' salacious sex life, a number of critics – including Janet Malcolm – were quick to pounce.
Dev Patel plays Ramanujan (right) with Jeremy Iron’s as his Cambridge mentor G H Hardy (left) in The Man Who Knew Infinity.
Srinivasa Ramanujan was one of the most brilliant mathematicians of the 20th century. His story is told in the movie The Man Who Knew Infinity, screening tonight in selected cinemas in Australia.
Italy's most notorious politician has been treated as a laughing stock for years – but a new book about his life and career makes the truth all too clear.
Frieda in 1999.
Sean Dempsey/PA Archive
At the opening night of her private view and book launch, poet and artist Frieda Hughes appeared at the door of the Belgravia Gallery in Mayfair, a small but striking figure in a pillarbox-red suit. In…
There are thousands of entries of famous, notorious, and almost unknown Australians in the Australian Dictionary of Biography.
Sir Donald Bradman and Larry Adler, AAP Image/Universal Music
The Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB) is Australia’s largest and longest-running social sciences and humanities project. Set up in 1957, it has been publishing short accounts of significant and…
Kevin Rudd faces the media after losing the prime ministership in the 2010 party leadership spill.
Why would anyone want to be prime minister? Why indeed? It is a job that will almost certainly end in failure. Only one prime minister in the last 100 years has left office at the time of his own choosing…