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Peter Carey

in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia
May 07, 1943



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Peter Carey was born in Australia in 1943.

He was educated at the local state school until the age of eleven and then became a boarder at Geelong Grammar School. He was a student there between 1954 and 1960 — after Rupert Murdoch had graduated and before Prince Charles arrived.

In 1961 he studied science for a single unsuccessful year at Monash University. He was then employed by an advertising agency where he began to receive his literary education, meeting Faulkner, Joyce, Kerouac and other writers he had previously been unaware of. He was nineteen.

For the next thirteen years he wrote fiction at night and weekends,

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The greatest writer of our time showed us that a large and generous heart is no impediment to genius, says Peter Carey

Sometime in the very early 1970s two Australian friends returned from Colombia and asked me to ghostwrite the story of their adventures, which included a conversation with an unknown writer named Gabriel García Márquez. In an effort to overcome my reluctance they lent me an Engl...

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"Journey into the storied Black Forest with Carey's latest work, The Chemistry of Tears, about a grieving museum expert and the 19th-century automaton she must revive." ...More

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“To know you will be lonely is not the same as being lonely.”
Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda

“You could not tell a story like this. A story like this you could only feel.”
Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda

“People do not love those whose eyes show that they are somewhere else”
Peter Carey, Collected Stories


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