Greer was born in Melbourne in 1939 and grew up in Mentone, her father was a newspaper rep’ who served in the wartime Royal Australian Air Force. She went to a private convent school, Star of the Sea College, in Gardenvale. In 1956 Germaine Greer won a teaching scholarship and enrolled at the University of Melbourne. When Germaine Greer graduated from university with a degree in English and French language and literature, she moved to Sydney
While in Sydney she became a part the Sydney Push social milieu and the anarchists Sydney Liberations at its art centre. In 1972 Germaine Greer was identified as an anarchist communist, close to Marxism. In her unauthorised biography, Christine Wallace described Germaine Greer at this time:
“For Germaine, [the Push] provided a philosophy to underpin the attitude and lifestyle she had already acquired in Melbourne. She walked into the Royal George Hotel, into the throng talking themselves hoarse in a room stinking of stale beer and thick with cigarette smoke, and set out to follow the Push way of life – 'an intolerably difficult discipline which I forced myself to learn'. The Push struck her as completely different from the Melbourne intelligentsia she had engaged with in the Drift, 'who always talked about art and truth and beauty and argument ad hominem; instead, these people talked about truth and only truth, insisting that most of what we were exposed to during the day was ideology, which was a synonym for lies – or bullshit, as they called it.' Her Damascus turned out to be the Royal George, and the Hume Highway was the road linking it. 'I was already an anarchist,' she says. 'I just didn't know why I was an anarchist. They put me in touch with the... [continues]
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