A new edition of the bestselling biography on Christina Stead that won the 1993 National Book Award for Non Fiction, Australia's equivalent of the Pulitzer. In the United States, it was a 1994 "New York Times" Notable Book.
Christina Stead, born in Australia in 1902, sailed to England at the age of twenty-six, not to return to Australia until she was seventy-two. An intensely private person, and incredibly cantankerous, Stead lived a life that was stormy, eccentric and brave. Stead's fiction was passionate, original and challenging, as was her life. This biography by esteemed writer Hazel Rowley is intellectually rigorous and dramatically riveting.
About the Author
Christina Stead: A Biography won the National Book Council Award when it was first published in Australia in 1993, and wide acclaim in the UK and the USA. Hazel Rowley is also the author of Richard Wright: The Life and Times and most recently Tête-à-Tête: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre (translated into more than a dozen languages). She has been a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, a fellow at Harvard's Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Studies, and a Bunting Institute Fellow at Radcliffe College. Brought up in England and Australia, she lives in New York and Paris.