Shirley Hazzard





Shirley Hazzard

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in Australia
January 30, 1931

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Author of fiction and non-fiction. Born in Australia, Shirley Hazzard now holds citizenship in Great Britain and the United States.

Hazzard was born in Sydney, Australia. In 1947 she traveled through Southeast Asia with her parents.
Her diplomat father took her to Hong Kong, and then to New Zealand where her father was Australian Trade Commissioner. She travelled to Italy in 1956, and worked for a year in Naples. In 1963, Hazzard married the writer Francis Steegmuller, who died in 1994. As of 2006, she lives in New York City, frequently travelling to her Italian residence in Capri.

Shirley Hazzard won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1980 for The Transit of Venus. In 2003 she won the National Book Award for The Great Fire.


Average rating: 3.56 · 4,435 ratings · 688 reviews · 20 distinct works · Similar authors
The Great Fire
3.39 of 5 stars 3.39 avg rating — 2,616 ratings — published 2003 — 20 editions
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The Transit of Venus
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 1,170 ratings — published 1980 — 13 editions
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The Bay of Noon
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 223 ratings — published 1970 — 11 editions
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Greene on Capri
3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 115 ratings — published 2000 — 9 editions
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The Evening of the Holiday
3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 97 ratings — published 1966 — 9 editions
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People in Glass Houses
3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 73 ratings — published 1967 — 10 editions
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The Ancient Shore: Dispatch...
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 65 ratings — published 1976 — 5 editions
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Cliffs of Fall and Other St...
3.43 of 5 stars 3.43 avg rating — 42 ratings — published 1963 — 8 editions
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Defeat of an Ideal: A Study...
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 1973
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Countenance of Truth: The U...
3.0 of 5 stars 3.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 1990 — 2 editions
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“Poetry has been the longest pleasure of my life.”
Shirley Hazzard

“When you realize someone is trying to hurt you, it hurts less."
"Unless you love them.”
Shirley Hazzard, The Transit of Venus

“At first, there is something you expect of life. Later, there is what life expects of you. By the time you realize these are the same, it can be too late for expectations. What we are being, not what we are to be. They are the same thing.”
Shirley Hazzard

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